August Membership Meeting

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Our August Meeting will focus on German Beers, and we will have our quarterly education session on detecting and troubleshooting off-flavors in your beer.
August Membership Meeting
 Location: The Homebrewery, 1967 Boat St, Ozark, MO 65721
 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm

Brewer Profile – Daniel Routh

Daniel enjoys a beer at Mother's Day 2014

Full Name: Daniel Routh

Home Brewery name (if you have one): Bugger All Brewing

How long have you been brewing? About 5 or 6 years

How did you get started brewing? Like a lot of people, I started with the Mr. Beer kits and went from there.

How long have you been a member of the ZOO? Since 2012.

How did you find out about the club? By searching the internet for local clubs. I was looking for like-minded homebrewers and an organization that would help me grow as a brewer.

Typical batch size: 10 gallons for beer, 5 gallons for cider.

Two tiered HERMS setup.

Daniel’s homemade brew setup is a two-tiered, three-vessel HERMS setup using a stainless steel wort chiller as the heat exchanger.

Describe your brewing setup: A self-built two tier HERMS system with keg vessels, Chugger pump, and stainless coil for the heat exchanger. The HERMS coil is from nybrewsupply.com. It is actually just a 50 foot stainless wort chiller that I put hose barb fittings on and then made a hanging mount to suspend it in my HLT. I figured it would make for easier cleanup and draining if it were removable.

What is your favorite style to brew? Mostly stout and cider.

What has been your biggest challenge as a homebrewer? Finding time to brew and keeping records.

Why, do you think, it is so hard to find time to brew and how you have overcome that problem?  
It can be hard for me to find time to brew because I am a night shift ICU nurse, so my schedule can be weird sometimes. Now that I am on a set schedule, it will be easier to find time, but right now all but one of my kegs are full, so it can also be a matter of packaging space as well. I hate bottling, so I usually wait to have open kegs before brewing. When I had weird scheduling days, I would usually stay up late and brew the night before I started a run of shifts and then (depending on fermentation and work schedule) rack to secondary or keg when I got home in the mornings. So basically, when I have time I try to use it to the best of my ability.

Have you ever had to dump a batch?  If so, what happened?
I have dumped two batches. The first was an attempt at hard cider, but the cider I bought had preservatives in it, so it wouldn’t ferment. The second was an

attempt at a strawberry pale ale. The two pounds of frozen puréed strawberries sparked another fermentation (of course) and clogged the air lock. When I pulled the air lock it spewed puree and seeds and beer that hit the ceiling! After that disaster, I kegged and carbonated it and it ended up tasting horrible (very vegetal).

What was the biggest mishap you ever encountered when brewing? (bottle bombs, broken equipment, big messes, etc.)  
I once had a CO2 line leak that emptied my tank over the course of a weekend and a stuck fermentation once, but no broken bottles/equipment. Had a few boil-overs too.

What has been your biggest success as a homebrewer? Winning 3rd in specialty in the 1776 competition this Spring (my first competition) and having my beer served at two weddings so far.

What beer won third in the competition, and what beers did you brew for the weddings?

13 gallon HDPE barrels with screw on lids

Daniel utilizes two 13 gallon HDPE barrels with screw on lids he procured on eBay.


My imperial oatmeal coffee chocolate stout, Brunch Stout, (my version of Founder’s Breakfast stout) won third in the specialty category in this Spring competition. As for the wedding beers, I made an Oktoberfest lager for my buddy Nate’s wedding and it was the first brew on my 10 gallon system and only my second lager. It went over well as we went through 5 gallons of it! The other wedding beer was for my friend at work’s son’s wedding. It was a gruit made with rosemary, yarrow, bayberry, lemon peel, sweet orange peel, and coriander. It was kind of fitting because the ceremony was at a Renaissance fair and everyone liked it and were asking for a bottle to take home.

What is your favorite part of brewing your own beer? The technical aspects and science of brewing. I also love brewing with other people and teaching people about the brewing process. And enjoying the end product isn’t so bad either.

Do you have any other stories, facts, or information about yourself you would like to share with the club?
I have two hop plants, a Chinook and a Centennial that I enjoy growing and maintaining.

How long have you grown your own hops?  Have you used them in a beer, and how did you use them?  (bittering, dry-hopping, etc.)  If you used them for bittering, how did you estimate the bitterness they would provide?
I have been growing hops for the past 4 or 5 years. I have had the Chinook that long and have had the centennial for about 3 years now (got it as a container plant from Bachman). I have used my Chinook in two beers so far. I

Two hop plants climbing to the eave of a house.

Daniel grows his own hops at home.

used it in a small batch SMASH beer and also used it in this year’s Mother’s Fest IPA in dry hopping. As for the bittering use in the SMASH beer, I guessed at the alpha and plugged it into BeerSmith as lead hops. I wasn’t too concerned with the IBUs on it because it was just an small batch experiment and there was no way to know the alpha acids in them (short of sending them off for analysis somewhere, which would be a total waste).

August Officers’ Meeting

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Title: August Officers’ Meeting
Location: Springfield Brewing Company
Link out: Click here
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: 2015-08-02
End Time: 22:00

July Membership Meeting

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 In honor of Independence Day, we will be celebrating American Beer Styles at our Membership meeting. All beers and friends are welcome.
July Membership Meeting
 Location: 1967 Boat St, Ozark, MO 65721
 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm

Brewer Profile – Randy West

 

Randy West holding a pint glass filled with beer.

Randy West poses with some handmade beer from his 3-tier system.

Full Name:  Randy West
Home Brewery name: The West Family Brewery
How long have you been brewing? About 2 1/2 years.

How did you get started brewing? I’d driven by The Home Brewery in Ozark enough times until it finally occurred to me, “why don’t I brew my own beer?”
How long have you been a member of the ZOO? I joined the month after I first started brewing.
How did you find out about the club?  I took the Intro to Home Brewing class offered at The Home Brewery and it was there I heard about the club.
Typical batch size: 5 Gallon
Randy's three-tier brewing system utilizes a 10 gallon cooler as a mash tun.

Randy’s three-tier system.

Describe your brewing setup:  I use a 3 tiered system, including the standard 10 gal cooler mash tun, and let gravity do as much of the work as possible.

What is your favorite style to brew? Not really a favorite style, but I enjoy brewing any recipe that includes ingredients or processes that I haven’t used in the past.
What has been your biggest challenge as a homebrewer? Drinking all the beer I make.  I try to brew at least once a month so I usually have a lot beer around.
Have you ever had to dump a batch? The only beer I’ve dumped, was from a Budweiser keg that was given to me… it wasn’t completely empty.
What was the biggest mishap you ever encountered when brewing? I’ve had a leaking connection between my kegs ball-lock connector and the beer line that ended up costing me a couple gallons of beer before I noticed.
Randy's well-stocked Keezer.

Randy’s well-stocked Keezer.

What has been your biggest success as a homebrewer? Having my beer judged by professional brewers and earning medals in competition is great, but I think my biggest success is throwing a party, and having 20-25 people at the house, all drinking a wide variety of the home brews I keep.

What is your favorite part of brewing your own beer? I’m a proponent of always learning something new (one of the reasons I started brewing), and even after brewing for a couple years, there’s plenty to learn, experiment, and improve on.
Do you have any other stories, facts, or information about yourself you would like to share with the club?  I’m always amazed at the number of people I talk to at events, who either brew their own beer, or know someone who does.  For those who brew, I would just recommend attending one of the ZOO Monthly Club Meetings, or finding a local club in your area.  It’s a great opportunity to discuss and learn more about this great hobby.
Want to know more about Randy, his brewing, or why he wears rubber pants to every Homebrew Club meeting? Register for our forums and look him up. His Forum ID is rwestzz.

July Officers’ Meeting

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Title: July Officers’ Meeting
Location: Springfield Brewing Company
Link out: Click here
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: 2015-07-05
End Time: 22:00

June Membership Meeting

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Tonight is our June Membership Meeting at The Homebrewery.  We will be discussing Sour Beers, but all beers and friends are welcome.

 June Membership Meeting

 Location: 1967 Boat St, Ozark, MO 65721
 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm
 Our June membership meeting will feature discussion on Sour Beers.

June Officers’ Meeting

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Title: June Officers’ Meeting
Location: Springfield Brewing Company
Link out: Click here
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: 2015-06-07
End Time: 22:00

May Membership Meeting

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Tonight is our May Membership Meeting. In honor of Memorial Day, we will be highlighting Session Beers at this month’s meeting. Our Quarterly Education portion of the meeting will include detailed information on lagering.

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

May Officers’ Meeting

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Title: May Officers’ Meeting
Location: Springfield Brewing Company
Link out: Click here
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: 2015-05-03
End Time: 22:00