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National Homebrew Competition 2018

2018 Prizes

This year we have added some new prizes and every medal winner has a chance to win.

Thanks to the great support of NZ's commercial brewers for their homebrew cousins this year's grand prizes are:

Brewaucracy Champion Brewer (highest accumulated points)
Will brew their beer with Brewaucracy in Hamilton for commercial release (more)

Hallertau Champion Beer (single highest scoring beer)
Will brew their beer with Hallertau in Riverhead for commercial release (more)


And thanks to the great team at Grainfather we have some new prizes this year!

Grainfather Champion Club (highest accumulated points across members)
Will receive a Grainfather Connect ($1350) (more)

Grainfather Best New Brewer (highest scoring beer from a brewer who has not entered before)
Will receive a Grainfather Stainless Fermenter ($235) (more)



WilliamsWarn Brewing Excellence Prize Draw – All Gold Medal winners will go into a draw to win one of two WilliamsWarn BrewKeg25 stainless conical pressure fermenters($898 each).(more)


Medal Winners Prize Draw - thanks to iKegger and ChinChiller all medal winners will go in the draw for one of these 6 prizes .

iKegger 4L - “The Johnson” Mini Keg Brewers kit w/ tapping system, reg and gas ($265)
iKegger 10L mini keg Transfer kit w/ keg, ball lock top & transfer line. ($239)
iKegger 4L Insulated Growler ($120)

ChinChiller – Tilt v2 wireless hydrometer, Tilt T - shirt & Tilt phone stand ($320)
ChinChiller - The Malt Kracker II - twin stainless-steel roller grain mill & ChinChiller T-Shirt ($220.00)
ChinChiller - Clear Beer Draft System & Pouring Set – with Mini CO2 Regulator, Brumby tap & Ball lock fittings and a 5 pack of 16g CO2 Cartridges ($270.00)




More information on the prizes

Brewaucracy Champion brewer (highest accumulated champion brewer points)

Consistency has its rewards and there is a great prize for the brewer with most Champion Brewer Points. You get to go and brew one of your beers with Brewaucracy and have it commercially released.
Brewaucracy is the Hamilton based brain\love child of Greig McGill and Phil Murray - two top NHC judges. They brew a broad range of styles with a focus on the less common or overlooked.

You get Champion Brewer points from medal wining entries - Gold 3, Silver 2, Bronze 1 - but you also loose points for substandard entries (14-20 is -1 and 0-13 is -2) Winning champion brewer is all about entering a range of good beers. You get points for each medal, and loose points for a substandard beer. More often than not the Champion Brewer did not brew the Champion beer. Aim for a solid brace of medals – bronze, silvers and a few golds to seal the deal.

Please note as this prize is to have your beer brewed commercially, it is only available to entries that are commercially reproducible please see rule 1


Hallertau Champion beer (single highest scoring beer)

A fantastic prize for the Champion Beer brewer - you will have your beer brewed and released by Hallertau. And even better you get to go there and spend the day with them while they make it.
With “Captain of Beer” and NZ brewing legend Stephen Plowman at the helm, the Hallertau team brew a huge range of beers from crisp Pilsners and hop bulging IPAs through to artisan barrel aged classics like Funkonnay and Porter Noir. We are very fortunate to have them as a longstanding NHC partner as few breweries would be able to produce the range of beers that have won the NHC over the years.
Do you think you have what it takes to win? Start checking out pictures of their Biergarten – it’s a great place to relax after a long brew day.

Please note as this prize is to have your beer brewed commercially, it is only available to entries that are commercially reproducible please see rule 1


Grainfather Champion Club (club with the most champion brewer points from its members) - A new prize for 2018

Thanks to the team at Grainfather we have a new award this year - Champion Club.
When you enter you can select a club to be linked to and your Champion Brewer Points get added to their total. The club that with the highest total wins a Grainfather Connect all grain brewing system. Make sure your club is registered for this great prize.

This is a real asset for any club that you can share amongst your members – a fantastic way to introduce new brewers to all grain, use for club brew days and for members to be able to road test before they decide to buy one.

By club we don’t just mean formally established homebrew clubs. This is open to any group of brewers you want to associate yourself with. It could be a group of mates or an informal club that just kind of happened.

You need to register your club\group - don't miss out.
To register you club email [email protected] with your club\group's name, short description, location, and a contact email, phone - you also need to nominate a person who will receive the prize on behalf of your club if you win.

Grainfather Best New Brewer
The Grainfather has been empowering brewers to make great beer since they released their game-changing all grain brewing system in 2014. This year they want to reward the top new brewer with a Grainfather Stainless Fermenter. The winner will be the top scoring entry who has not entered the competition before. In the event of a tie the winner will be selected at random.
The NHC is a great source of feedback and advice for new brewers. Best of luck.



WilliamsWarn Brewing Excellence Prize Draw
WilliamsWarn is personal brewing without compromise.
This year they want to reward two of the top NHC brewers with a very special prize - a WilliamsWarn BrewKeg25 stainless conical pressure fermenter.

Recent studies have shown the benefits of pressure fermentation to be significant.
Check out this video of Chris White (CEO of White Labs) with Brad Smith (BeerSmith creator).

Brewers make wort and yeast makes beer is a common mantra - fermentation is key. Studies show pressure fermentation reduces esters, higher alcohols and other off-flavours, which can result in cleaner fermentation even at higher temperatures.

While the rest of the world seems to be just waking up to the benefits of pressure fermentation, we are lucky that local company WilliamsWarn has been on the forefront of this for many years now. WilliamsWarn BrewKeg's are an affordable conical stainless pressure fermenter with an integrated sediment removal system. Suitable for all brewing methods - all-grain, partial mash, and wort concentrate.

All gold medal winning brewers will go into the draw with 2 chosen as the winners of a BrewKeg25.

Check out the prizes in previous years