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Old 04-26-2012, 01:06 PM   #1
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I am entertaining the thought of entering a homebrew competition .(my first one) along with rubber banding my entry form to the brews I am going to submit, should I put my own label on the bottle, or do I just keep it plain? I am unclear on this.

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Old 04-26-2012, 01:09 PM   #2
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Keep it plain. They want all bottles looking the same except for the entry form. The entry forms are removed at the comp site and a number is put on your bottle.

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Typically it's supposed to be completely plain...so no label, no raised embossing, nothing that could tip anyone off that it's your beer.

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Excellent, thank you!

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No labels, no embossed bottles, no labels or writing on caps, generally brown bottles only. Most competitions will list their entry requirements on their site or forms.

Good luck, the feedback you get is worth the price of admission

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Is it acceptable put your label in a small ziplock bag before attaching to the bottle with a rubber band? The purpose of the bag would be to protect the label from condensation or water from melting ice.

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Is it acceptable put your label in a small ziplock bag before attaching to the bottle with a rubber band? The purpose of the bag would be to protect the label from condensation or water from melting ice.
If the label you speak of is your own, they just don't want it. If you are talking about the entry form label just rubberband it on. There should be no condensation because you do not want to submit a beer that is cold. You don't know how they are going to hold your beer when you give it to them, don't assume it will stay refrigerated until before the competition and chilling then warming then chilling may affect your beer.
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Is it acceptable put your label in a small ziplock bag before attaching to the bottle with a rubber band? The purpose of the bag would be to protect the label from condensation or water from melting ice.
The point is, they typically don't want a label, period. competitions are supposed to judge the beer on its own merit - any kind of "eye candy" might influence a judge, however slightly, and kill the benefit of a blind judgment.

Don't send a label in any form or fashion.
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What about Grolsch style swing-top green bottles? I keg all of my beer but have a RIS I want to enter in competition?

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What about Grolsch style swing-top green bottles? I keg all of my beer but have a RIS I want to enter in competition?
Usually they are looking for unlabeled 12 oz bottles capped with gold, silver or black caps. Also you don't get the bottles back so save those Grolsch ones for your own use. Congrats on entering a competition. It is the best way to get honest objective feedback on your beers and to help you make better beer. It's also incredibly fun when you ribbon!
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