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The Eleven Plus Homebrewing Competition is a BCJP sanctioned competition where your strongest beers are assessed by qualified judges against current  BJCP 2015 style guidelines. Score sheets and written feedback will be provided for each entry. Certificates and prizes are awarded for Best of Show places.

The competition is open to all beers which had a starting gravity of 1100 or over.

Style Guidelines & Eligibility

All beers entered must have had a starting gravity of 1100 or more

Entries will be assessed against the BJCP Style Guidelines 2015 available via this link (PDF)

We have added BJCP styles where the guidelines allow for a starting gravity of 1090 or above, but your beer must start at 1100 or more. We have added some catch all categories but we will add categories as people enter them in 'Other beers', eg if someone makes an Amercian IPA of 1100 or more we will add that style and others can then enter that.

We will review the styles entered and speak to entrants near lock down to ensure we have the right information. We will make categories that allow the competition to work and for judges to understand what they are judging.

Eligibility: This competition is open to everyone, worldwide. Competition organizers, staff, judges and stewards may enter the competition. Measures are in place to ensure fair, anonymous, judging. Judges and stewards will not be assigned to categories that they have entered. Entries must have been made at home. Those made in commercial establishments, including brew-on-premise establishments, are not eligible. 


Ship January 2021

First Round Judging starts February 2021 with BoS in March


Entry Cost & Essentials

Entry fee is £10 (plus any PayPal handling fees) for a first entry and £7.5 for subsequent ones.

PayPal handling fees are beyond our control. Paying for multiple entries in the same transaction may be cheaper than many individual transactions.

How to Enter

  1. Register yourself on this site via the Home page, Enter your beer(s) into the correct category and pay the fee via PayPal using the My Info and Entries Info page of this site. For help selecting a category see the BJCP Style Guidelines 2015.  The Judges and organisers will not reclassify entries so please choose styles carefully. E-mail the Competition Organiser if you need guidance.  Last date for registration/entries/payment is 30th October.
  2. Label each of your beers as per the Bottle Acceptance Rules in the Entry Info page of this site. Please take steps to reduce the risk of COVID transmission - use alcohol based sanitiser on bottles afetr labelling and/or wear gloves.
  3. Package your entries and then drop off or ship your entry to the drop off location of your choice.
  4. Drop at, or ship to, the designated site(s) to arrive NO EARLIER than Monday 18 January 2021 and NO LATER than Friday 22nd January 2021

Style and Award Categories

Styles will be grouped together to form judging flights of similar styles or strengths of beers and to form roughly equal numbers within each category where possible. Beers will be judged against the style guideline under which it was entered. The best beers of each style category within the flight will be judged to obtain the winners of the flight. 

The 1st place entry in each grouping will advance to the Best of Show (BOS) round.


The competitions are non-profit. Funds from the competition are used to run the competition itself, including food provision for volunteers at the event. A small amount may be used to support the training of judges (for example to purchase off-flavour kits). Everything else is fed back as prizes or used to pay for up-front costs for the next competition. All the organisers and judges volunteer their time freely to support the homebrewing community.



In the first instance contact the Competition Organiser, Lee Immins, at

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BJCP 2015 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.

9A Doppelbock 9B Eisbock9C Baltic Porter
10C Weizenbock 17C Wee Heavy17D English Barleywine
20C Imperial Stout22B American Strong Ale22C American Barleywine
22D Wheatwine25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale
27A5 Sahti35A Smoked Beer (Custom Style) 36A Wood Aged Beer (Custom Style)
37A Spiced, Herb or Vegetable Beer (Custom Style) 38A Sour or Funky Beer (Custom Style) 39A Fruit Beer (Custom Style)
40A Other Beer (Custom Style) 41A IPA (Custom Style)42A Sweet Stout (Custom Style)
43A Speciality Wood Aged Beer (Custom Style)   


Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 4

Judging Sessions and Dates

First Round
Saturday 6 February, 2021 18:00, GMT

Sunday 14 March, 2021 18:00, GMT

Tuesday 23 March, 2021 18:00, GMT


Best of Show

3rd and 2nd place per table will recieve

White Labs Merchandise
Simply Hops Merchandise


Ist place in each table will receive

Gift Pack of IVO Brewery Beers

Simply Hops Kazbek T90 hop pellets
Simply Hops Comet BBC hop pellets

Voucher for White Labs Yeast x 1
£10 Malt Miller voucher
White Labs Merchandise
Simply Hops Merchandise


3rd Place BoS will receive

Voucher for White Labs Yeast x 1
Simply Hops Amarillo BBC Hop Pellets
White Labs Mug
£10 Malt Miller voucher


2nd place BoS will receive

Voucher for White Labs Yeast x 1
£10 Malt Miller voucher
Simply Hops Amarillo BBC Hop Pellets
White Labs Mug and Hat


Best of Show will receive

Simply Hops Amarillo BBC Hop Pellets
£20 Malt Miller voucher
Weekend Ticket to Brew Con 2021
3 refurbished corny kegs (from IVO Brewery







The awards ceremony will take place once judging is completed and will be broadcast on facebook etc, but we do not expect to have a entrants event linked to this competition.

Places will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category/table with a rosette.

First, Second and Third Best of Show will be announced and will receive a rosette and prizes.


Results will be posted to the competition web site after the ceremony concludes.

Feedback sheets will be e-mailed to entrants after the competition. We aim to do this within a few weeks, often less.


See Best of Show section for full liust of prizes