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New BJCP Guidelines
The long awaited 2015 BJCP Guidelines have been release. The new guidlines are very different from the 2008 Guidelines.
If anyone is thinking of taking the BJCP exams, they will start using the new guidelines in November 2015.
For BJCP sanctioned competitions they may use either set of guidelines. Make sure you check with the competition organizer.
Clike the link below to download the new 2015 BJCP Guidelines.
2015 BJCP Guidelines
Illinois House Bill 630
ILLINOIS HB630 IS
So, what does this mean for homebrewers?
now have the following requirements:
* No one under 21 years of age may
homebrew, and beer may not be sold at anytime.
* The Commission must
regulate the activities outside the homebrewer's residence.
* A license
must be obtained if beer is offered at a festival.
* Dram Shop Liability
Insurance is required.
* Samples (at festivals only) may be given to
consumers, at least 21 years of age, but no more than three 2 ounce samples to
each consumer. Note: Previously, these festivals gave full size beers to
basically anyone who asked, which is one of the reasons why the Commission
shut them down.
* Homebrewers may not brew anywhere outside the home other
than at a business at a fixed location that sells supplies and offers
* Homebrewers may hold contests at a licensed
premises; however, only judges (certified by a National Homebrewing
Organization) may sample the beer. At no time may the homebrewers give their
beer to anyone at a licensed premises other than a certified judge.
more information. Go to the Illinois General Assembly website for details about the bill.