April Membership Meeting


Title: April Membership Meeting
Location: 1967 Boat St, Ozark, MO 65721
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Description: April’s meeting will focus on Wood-aged beers. Please bring some homebrew or an example of wood-aged beer to share.
Start Time: 19:30
Date: 2016-04-19
End Time: 22:00

It’s Open Season at the ZOO!

ZOO Members at Springfield Brewing Company

Once again, it’s time for our spring competition, and this time, it is OPEN SEASON.  We are accepting homebrewed beer entries of any style in the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines.

The winner will get a shot at Pro-Am glory at GABF brewing with our fantastic sponsor and great friends of the club over at Springfield Brewing Company.

That’s right.  If you win Best of Show at this competition, you will get to scale up, brew, and serve your recipe with the professionals over at Springfield Brewing Company.

If you don’t get Best of Show, don’t worry about it.  The Homebrewery in Ozark is offering a few prizes for medalists, as well.

So, don’t wait.  Enter your finest ales and lagers at our competition website. Make sure to sign up and register your entries by April 27th, or it’ll be too late.  The sooner the better, my friends.

While you’re at it, we need volunteers to help steward and judge the competition, so please feel free to sign up on the competition website, even if you are not competing.  No experience necessary, we’ll team you up with experienced volunteers to guide you through the entire process.

And may the best brewer win!

April Officer’s Meeting


Title: April Officer’s Meeting
Location: Springfield Brewing Company
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Description: Officer’s meeting to plan strategy and prepare for events in and after the month of April. All members are welcome to attend.
Start Time: 20:30
Date: 2016-04-03
End Time: 22:30

March Membership Meeting

Title: March Membership Meeting
Location: 1967 Boat St, Ozark, MO 65721
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Description: This evening’s meeting will center around Scottish/Irish beers in honor of St. Pat’s day. Please bring homebrew or an example of a Scottish or Irish beer to sample.
Start Time: 19:30
Date: 2016-03-15
End Time: 22:00

January Membership Meeting


Title: January Membership Meeting
Location: 1967 Boat St, Ozark, MO 65721
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Description: The discussion topic for January is Spiced beer, or brewing with spices. Bring out a sample of your homebrewed or favorite commercial example to share.
Start Time: 19:30:00
Date: 2016-01-19
End Time: 22:30:00

January Officers’ Meeting


Title: January Officers’ Meeting
Location: 417 Taphouse; 431 S Jefferson Ave #160, Springfield, MO 65806
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Description: This is the monthly Officers’ meeting, which is open to all members. At this meeting, Officers and members will set goals, plan club strategies, and organize events and meetings for our members to help fulfill the club’s mission.
Start Time: 20:30:00
Date: 2016-01-03
End Time: 22:00:00

Brewer’s Profile – John Huhn


Full Name:
John Huhn

Home Brewery name (if you have one): 

Coop’s Craft Brew

How long have you been brewing?

16 years.

How did you get started brewing?

I became a fan of craft beer in the late 90s shortly after the opening the Springfield Brewing Company. As was the normal in those days, I met up with some co-workers after hours. While there one day, I discovered one of my colleagues was making his own beer at home. I began picking his brain about the process and was eventually invited to his house for a brew day. Turns out it was incidentally the date of the 1st AHA Learn To Homebrew Day in 1999. I was hooked from that day forward.

How long have you been a member of the ZOO? 

August of 2014.

How did you find out about the club? 

I went to the Craft Beer Bash in July of 2014 and saw the Homebrew Zoo booth next to The Homebrewery booth. I talked to Randy West about the club at the booth and decided to give it a chance.

Typical batch size: 

5 Gallons

Huhn Brew Stand

John’s 3-tier brew system uses coolers for the HLT and Mash Tuns.

Describe your brewing setup:  

Currently, my set up is a homemade gravity fed three-tiered brew stand with a 10 gallon beverage cooler HLT and mash tun and a 15.5 gallon Keggle with a propane cooker.

What is your favorite style to brew? 

I’m a fan of UK style Ales, specifically Stouts, Browns, and Porters as well as Irish and Scottish Ales. I’ve made them from the beginning and it’s what I’m most comfortable brewing, but now that I have a dedicated fridge with a temp controller for fermentation, I’m looking to expand into lagers and Trappist style ales.

What has been your biggest challenge as a homebrewer? 

Space. I have taken up nearly every spot possible in the pantry and closets to store my beer. I’ve wanted to keg my beer for years, but I just don’t have a place to keep the kegs let alone chill them for serving.   

Have you ever had to dump a batch?  If so, what happened?  

Who hasn’t? Early in learning to brew, I had two straight batches of completely different beer (Irish Red Ale and Scottish 70 Shilling) turn out with an acrid-vinegary odor and taste. It was much too strong and made the beer un-drinkable. I discovered the problem was from an infection in my system. It was a painful but valuable lesson to learn about the importance replacing hoses regularly and tightening up my sanitation practices.  

Huhn Keggle

John’s homemade cart allows easy transport of keggles as needed.

What was the biggest mishap you ever encountered when brewing? (bottle bombs, broken equipment, big messes, etc.)  

I’ve had all manner of mishaps over the years. From leaving the valve open on my keggle during lautering and losing about a gallon of the first runnings, to having the bottom of a case of bottled beer tear open and nearly every bottle exploding on the tile floor. But the biggest disaster I can recall was when I had a carboy of an American Blonde Ale fermenting in a swamp cooler and had a power outage while I was at work. With no electricity, the fan I had set up blow on the tee-shirt covered carboy had no chance to use the power of evaporative cooling to keep the beer at acceptable temperatures. It just happened to be an unseasonably hot day and even with the thermal load of the water in the swamp cooler, the temperature of the beer rose into the upper 80s. When I got home from work, I discovered the power outage and tried to bring the temperature down with ice in the swamp cooler. Because of the spike in temps the beer finished fermenting in 3 days and had a strong solvent and banana flavor. To make it somewhat drinkable, I had to dose each bottle with fruit extract to mask the solvent-like flavor. Even then it was barely tolerable.

What has been your biggest success as a homebrewer? 

While winning two gold medals at the 1776 club contest is great validation, I find even more joy in having friends and family ask if I can brew a batch just for them. Of course, all I ask is they help on brew day for payment.

What is your favorite part of brewing your own beer? 

I enjoy the ability to make beer styles that are hard or impossible to find in stores. Being able to have a beer like an English Brown Porter or a Scottish 70 Shilling any time I want without having to face the risk of a poorly handled and oxidized import is one of my favorite parts of this hobby.

Huhn Carboy

The cart also doubles as safety equipment, as it allows John to safely transport full carboys while lowering the risk of breakage.

Do you have any other stories, facts, or information about yourself you would like to share with the club?

I just completed a project to make the brew day easier and less physically taxing. The plan was make a tool for safely moving a full carboy into my dedicated fermentation fridge and back out after fermentation without having to hoist the carboy and risk sloshing the fermented and conditioned beer or worse, dropping a full carboy.

I designed a four-wheeled dolly at the same height as the platform inside my fermentation fridge. As I worked out the details, the project grew from being a way to transport the full carboy into and out of the fridge to also include the ability to move the kettle full of chilled wort from my brew stand into the garage for racking into the carboy.  The dolly works perfectly and makes the day completely pain free. It’s also much safer, in that I no longer have to penguin walk across the garage with the carboy in a brew hauler between my knees. The only modification I can see making to this would be to add a push-pull arm like a pallet jack.

To contact John Huhn, please register on our forums or comment below. John’s forum user name is Huhnjo.

2016 Meeting and Education Themes.


At each of our membership meetings, we focus on a theme, such as a beer style or a method of brewing.  Once each quarter, we also have an expanded educational portion in addition to the theme of the month.

The meeting themes and educational topics will be updated as needed in the sidebar to the left on the site, but here is a listing as of 12/30/2015 of our planned meeting topics for 2016:

  • January: Using spice in beer
  • February: Porters (Quarterly Education: Sanitation)
  • March: Scottish/Irish Beers
  • April: Wood Aged Beer
  • May: Fruit Beers (Quarterly Education: Beer Clarity)
  • June: IPAs
  • July: Wheat/Rye Beers
  • August: Belgian Beers (Quarterly Education: pH and Water Adjustments)
  • September: Ciders
  • October: Oktoberfest Beers
  • November: Stouts (Quarterly Education: Mash Efficiency)
  • December: High Gravity Beers

If you would like to volunteer to teach one of the educational portions, please contact the club at homebrewzoo [at] gmail [dot] com or speak with an officer at a membership meeting.



December Membership Meeting


High Gravity night is an annual tradition at the club.  Each year in December, we bring out the big guns to celebrate the holiday season in style.  Bring your big beers, your friends, and maybe some snacks to this meeting.  It’s a club favorite.

 December Membership Meeting
 Location: The Homebrewery, 1967 Boat St, Ozark, MO 65721
 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm

December Officers’ Meeting


Title: December Officers’ Meeting
Location: Springfield Brewing Company
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Description: Our Monthly Officers’ Meeting is held in the Springfield Brewing Company Pilsner Room the first Sunday of every month, and is open to all dues-paying members. In the officers’ meeting, we discuss club plans, organization, and events. If you would like to be more involved in the club, this is an excellent meeting for you to attend.
Start Time: 20:30
Date: 2015-12-06
End Time: 22:00