Operation Fermentation V
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Registration: May 21-June  22 2018

Judging: June 30, July 7,14,21 (others TBD) 
                    BOS Judging: July 28

Awards Ceremony: Aug 4th 2018 at Firethorne Clubhouse South

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Rules and Requirements
  This competition is open to all homebrewers. The competition is restricted to non-commercial home-brewed beers. "Homebrewed" means that entrants cannot brew the beer on a production brewery's system, brew onsite at a production brewery or ferment using a production brewery's fermentation vessel. The competition organizers are not responsible for mis-categorized entries, mailed entries that are not received by the entry deadline, or entries that arrived damaged. The competition organizers reserve the right to combine styles for judging and to restructure awards as needed depending upon the quantity and quality of entries.

                                                                                                          Entry Limits

Operation Fermentation will be limited to the first 350 paid entries.

There is a limit of one entry per BJCP sub-category per entrant.

Individuals and teams are considered separate entrants with respect to the total entry limit and sub-category limit. For example, if Jason Todd enters a Pale ale with Co-Brewer Dick Grayson, then neither would be able to enter another pale ale; you can only have your name listed once in a sub-category. The Special Operations Mission (Spec Ops) and other non-BJCP category entries are not included in either limit.

                                                                   Entry Requirements

Each beer entry for the competition must consist of three bottles. To ensure anonymity of entries, all bottles must meet the standard AHA national competition size requirements. Bottles may be any color, but for maximum protection from light, brown is preferred. Bottles must be at least 10 ounces and no more than 14 ounces in. Lettering and graphics on bottle caps must be obliterated with a permanent black marker. Traditional "long-neck" style bottles are encouraged, while bottles with Grolsch-type swing tops and unusually shaped bottles are not allowed, (Corked bottles meeting the above restrictions are acceptable; however, you must crimp a crown cap over the cork). Bottles not meeting these requirements may be disqualified, with no refund for the entry. All bottles must be clean, and provided with a properly completed entry label attached by a rubber band. DO NOT TAPE OR GLUE TO AFFIX THE ENTRY LABELS TO THE BOTTLES.

There is also a special category for a style or theme known as the Spec Ops Mission. The Spec Ops Mission will be judged separate of all other categories. The style for 2018 is SAISON (Carlyle Clause will be enforded, i.e. no  ingredient that  would be cost prohibitive for a brewery to reproduce including but not limited to: Wood chips, Fruit, specialty peppers, Brettanomyces or other bugs outside Saccharomyces cerevisiae (Ale yeast) and Saccharomyces pastorianus (Lager yeast).   Only two bottles are required for this category and best of all, IT’S FREE!  You may enter a beer in this category as well as its official style category. You must create a separate entry for the Spec Ops category!

Non-BJCP category entries are not eligible for Best of Show consideration, this includes, but is not limited to, entries for The Spec Ops Mission.

If you are unsure of what to declare, consult the the BJCP Style Guidelines (2015 version).  You can view/download the guidelines at  www.bjcp.org .

                                                                Packing & Shipping Tips

1. Carefully pack your entries in a sturdy box. Line the inside of your carton with a plastic trash bag. Place any extra paperwork and checks outside of the liner and/or in a ziploc type bag so if a bottle should break it will not be ruined or illegible. Partition and pack each bottle with adequate packaging material. Do not over pack! Write clearly: "Fragile. This Side Up." on the package. Your package should weigh less than 25 pounds. Please refrain from using "messy" packaging materials such a Styrofoam "peanuts" or pellets; please use packaging material such as bubble wrap.

2. Every reasonable effort will be made to contact entrants whose bottles have broken to make arrangements for sending replacement bottles.

3. It is not against any Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) regulations or federal laws to ship your entries via privately owned shipping company for analytical purposes. However, IT IS ILLEGAL TO SHIP ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES VIA THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE. Private shipping companies have the right to refuse your shipment if they are informed that the package contains glass and/or alcoholic beverages. Be aware that entries shipped internationally are often required by customs to have proper documentation. These entries might be opened and/or returned to the shipper by customs' officials at their discretion. It is solely the entrant's responsibility to follow all applicable laws and regulations.

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