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Welcome to the very first Hop Addition homebrew competition, in conjunction with Unity Brewing Co celebrating the launch of Unity's Conflux recipe kit. This is a friendly homebrew competition, which is not BJCP sanctioned, run by members of The Hop Addition Podcast and Unity Brewing Co.

As this is not a BJCP competition, entries do not need to conform to or will be judged against a specific BJCP style, however your entries must conform to the parameters of the competition given below. These are infact the style parameters of... you guessed it! Unity Conflux. 

EBC Value - 5-15
IBU Value - 10-30
Max ABV - 5%
Yeast - London Ale III, Verdant, New England or a similar US or English Ale Yeast

But here is the twist. The choice of malt, hops and hopping rates (bearing in mind IBU) and adjuncts are up to you, so long as the beer meets the guidelines, you're in with a shout! Fruit is unfortunately not allowed.

Suggested beer styles that loosely fit the parameters are available to select when entering and one should be chosen. This will enable us to at least know what style you have chosen to brew.

The judging will be performed by a panel and will be based around a sampling by the judges where beers will be judged based on taste and appearance. Round winners will be moved to a second round and the winners of that in turn will make the final round. Unfortunately feedback will not be able to be provided to everyone. We will attempt to provide feedback to all final round beers. 

Bottles will not be returned to entrants, and feedback sheets cannot unfortunately be provided to everyone.

This competition is about expression, the design and feel of the beer, the best tasting beer will win, so make it tasty and you're in with a shout.

Styles available for entry:

These can be checked on the info tab of this website.

Key dates:

Friday 29th July 2022
Judging commences approx. 12am
Awards Ceremony - approx. 5pm

Important Deadlines:

Entries must be received no later than the 28th July. Any entries received after this date cannot be guaranteed for entry.

Register online and pay for all entries by end of 7th July2022
Finalise your entries by 7th July 2022

Entry Cost & Essentials

Entry fee is £5 (plus any PayPal handling fees which are beyond our control) per entry.

Award Categories & prizes

Prizes will be allocated for the top 10 beers.  


BJCP 2021 Judging Styles

If a style's name is hyperlinked, it has specific entry requirements. Select or tap on the name to view the subcategory's requirements.

1D American Wheat Beer12A British Golden Ale12C English IPA
18A Blonde Ale18B American Pale Ale21B Specialty IPA
21B6 White IPA 21B7 Brut IPA 21C Hazy IPA
28D Straight Sour Beer34B Mixed-Style Beer 34C Experimental Beer


Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 3

Judging Sessions and Dates

Final Judging
Friday 29 July, 2022 12:00, BST


Best of Show

There will be no best of show.



The awards ceremony will take place online once judging is completed, and will be streamed live on our YouTube channel, winners will also be announced on our podcast.

Prizes will be awarded to the top 10 placed beers.

Prizes will be sent direct from sponsors and/or from The Hop Addition crew to the address provided on your entry, so make sure this is accurate. You do not need to attend the event to collect prizes although all entrants are welcome.


Awards Ceremony

Unity Brewing Co
23-27 Princes St, Northam, Southampton SO14 5RP
Friday 29 July, 2022 20:30, BST


Circuit Qualification