2nd Annual HOWL & Solace Brewing Co Wort Share Competition 2019

Greetings fellow Homebrewers,

Do you have what it takes to compete? HOWL (Homebrewers of Western Loudoun) are inviting local homebrewers to participate in the 2nd annual HOWL Solace wort share. Solace Brewing Company, shall provide 6 gallons of wort per ticket. There will be a total of 100 tickets available (2 tickets max per participant).

The wort pickup will be on Friday March 8, 2019 from 3 – 9 PM, however buckets either need to be purchased through Eventbrite or dropped off at Solace Brewing Co. from March 1 – 7th. . On the day of the event, you can hang out with us at Solace (opens at 2PM) while the mash is going and have a few pints. Expect the wort to be distributed at 3 PM. Wort must be picked up by you or a responsible party by close of business, otherwise we will freely distribute your wort to anyone who wants it — so be warned!

Malt Bill: The plan right now is for the grist to be Pilsner malt, wheat, and Munich 20. The wort will not be boiled. It will come in around 12P (1.048 sg), and in pH range of 5.2-5.4.  It will not be hopped.

HOWL is also planning a BJCP sanctioned competition that will comprise of only the beers that have been created with the wort from Solace. All BJCP 2015 styles (excluding cider and mead) will be accepted. An email with details will be sent to the email provided to Eventbrite. Competition / judging event shall be on Sunday May 19, 2019. A private section of Solace Brewing Company will be available for the competition event.

Prizes shall be present at the BJCP competition for Best in Show, First, Second, and Third Place with American Homebrewers Association awards and sponsor swag.  Grand prize to be determined by spending a day in the life of Solace Brewing such as a brew day, canning experience, etc.

Tickets are on sale now. Solace requires sanitized buckets to be dropped off from March 1st through 7th during normal business hours. If you need a bucket to transport wort or if you don’t want to bother dropping a bucket off before the wort share, you can buy one as merchandise from the Eventbrite page for $10 and it will be given to you at the event. Tickets can only be purchased through Eventbrite.

We are extending this invitation to all homebrewers in the area, and we hope that you can mention this during a club meeting, on your Facebook page, or through any avenue in which you communicate with your members.

For those not familiar with HOWL, we are a homebrew club that has been meeting monthly since 2011. We currently meet at Kettles & Grains homebrew shop in Leesburg, VA the first Thursday of every month to share our knowledge and enjoyment of beer and brewing. Our details are below. Feel free to email us for questions, reasonable suggestions, and/or if you want to help out!

Thanks! Hope to see you soon!

HOWL/Solace Wort Share: www.howlbrew.org

Eventbrite Ticket Page: www.eventbrite.com

Solace Brewing Company: www.solacebrewing.com

Where: Solace Brewing Company, 42615 Trade W Dr #100, Sterling, VA 20166

When: Wort Pickup is Friday, March 8, 2019, 3 – 9 PM, buckets need to be dropped off at Solace Brewing Co. from March 1 – 7th.

How: Purchase a ticket through Eventbrite

Who: Local homebrewers.

Why: Because brewing is fun!


Website: www.howlbrew.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/HOWLbrew
E-mail: howlbrewer@gmail.com


Dave Artz – President
Michael Miller – Vice President

Tom Pursel – Secretary
Elaine Jean – Membership & Events
Mark Cheplick – Public Relations


Q: How can I buy a ticket?

A: Our tickets are on Eventbrite. Tickets are about $33.72.

Q: What will be the grist of the wort?

A: Malt Bill: The plan right now is for the grist to be mainly 2-row, with a small percentage of white wheat and a little bit of carapils. The wort will not be boiled. It will come to you at 14-14.5 P (1.059 sg), and in pH range of 5.2-5.4. It will not be hopped. So, with steeping, process modifications, yeast selection, hop usage, adjuncts- the sky is the limit!

Q: I don’t have an available bucket or carboy. I need another one.

A: Well, you can always borrow a buddies’ vessel. But if you don’t have friends, there is an option to buy a bucket on the Eventbrite site. $10 per set of plastic bucket, lid, and airlock. The option to buy is on the Eventbrite checkout page. Heck, if you clean and sanitize it properly, you can even ferment in it. We strongly suggest plastic vessels and are not liable for broken glass. Buckets are provided by Kettles & Grains, Leesburg.

Q: I heard there will be a competition. Can you tell me more about that?

A: We are ironing out details about the event. We want this to take place in May. You will receive an email soon that describes exactly how the competition will work. All BJCP 2015 styles (excluding cider and mead) will be accepted.

Q: I can only pick up my wort late on Friday and I don’t want to brew so late on Friday.

A: It is suggested that the wort is taken as early as possible and brewed with on Friday.  Early Saturday morning brewing is also possible if you store the wort appropriately (sanitized vessel, CO2 purge headspace, airlock, & cold temperature suggested) This will limit possible off flavors produced with exposure to oxygen and possible contamination. However, if you are a good enough brewer, you can get creative by kettle souring, purging the vessel with CO2, etc.

Q: What if I buy a ticket and change my mind?

A: We need to ensure that, at the very least, Solace is compensated for their ingredients, time, and expertise. There will be no refunds available. Why not pass the ticket to a friend/

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