Archive for Membership

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

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

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

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.



Meeting Themes and Mother’s Day


Hello, Zymurgists!

We’re quickly approaching the Mother’s Day Festival and we still need folks to volunteer to man the booth with Randy.  He’s volunteered to set up, but we have very few people volunteering to sit and drink beer and talk brewing with interested people.

This is one of our highest-profile events of the year, so let’s try and make a good showing of it.  If you plan on being at Mother’s Day, please contact Randy or comment below and plan on spending some time in the booth. Even if you’re not sure when you’ll be available, letting Randy know he’ll have some hands to help talk brew with people will help a ton.

If you’ll direct your attention to the left of this post, you’ll see I have posted the meeting themes for the rest of the year.  This should help you plan ahead to brew for meetings or just prepare for a meeting.  In addition, if you find you’d like to teach a breakout session, contact Mr. Becker through the forums.

Thanks for helping to promote craft beer in Southwest Missouri!

Ben Stange

We need volunteers!

We have two events coming up quickly, and we need some homebrewers to join us in promoting our hobby!

On May 3rd, Todd and the crew at The Homebrewery in Ozark will be hosting an event in honor of the AHA’s Big Brew Day. If you are interested in being a participating brewer, please email todd [at] homebrewery [dot] com and let him know. This event is coming up very quickly, so please email him soon if you are interested in brewing.

On May 17th, Mother’s Brewing Company will be hosting their 4th Ever Mother’s Day Festival in their backyard. ZOO Members who will be at the event should contact me or Randy West and let us know. Randy is organizing our effort at the event, but you can also email me at if you are interested and I will relay your information to Randy.

The event runs from 2-8pm, but we specifically need volunteers for set-up and tear-down.

For both events, please wear your ZOO gear if you have it. Let everyone know we’re out there.



Big Brew Day Recipes

If you’re looking to brew with us on Big Brew Day, you’ll need to select one of the recipes provided on the AHA web site.  There are three recipes this year, and each is available in either extract or all-grain.

If you plan to brew and are a current dues-paying member of the Homebrew ZOO, you need to contact Todd Frye and let him which recipe you are brewing and how much as soon as possible.  You can email him at todd [at] homebrewery [dot] com.  Let him know if you are brewing the blond, pilsner, or mild, if you’re brewing extract or all grain, and how much beer you plan to make.  He will have your kit ready to go on Big Brew Day and current ZOO members will get a discount on these kits.

To review the recipes, click here.

A message from the President…

As the year continues to cool down and we get near the frosty holidays, things are starting to warm up in the Society. In addition to a few boil kettles being fired up in the background, we also have some pretty cool developments coming around in the club. First off, our competition committee has begun work organizing and planning our Spring competition, which will be held in March or April of next year. We’re currently planning on having a Pale Ale competition, and look forward to seeing entries come in from all over the Ozarks and beyond. If you have any catchy name ideas for a Spring competition, please send them our way.

Next, the club is currently offering a limited number of Founding Memberships. During these last few months of 2012, we’re allowing membership registration for $10. These dues include a “Founding Member” card and that status will be retained for the duration of your membership with the club. In addition to this special perk, these dues are the official dues of the club prior to our regular registration which begins in January. In January, all members will renew at the new dues rates. To be clear, being a Founding Member will not ensure you do not pay 2013 dues, as the $10 is amount of dues for active members in 2012, when the club was founded.

The officers are also currently working on the annual dues, which should be presented for approval by active members at the December meeting. The dues will be charged annually in January, and will be due every year.

There are several benefits to being a member, so if you are not already a member of the club, I encourage you to come for a meeting and see if you enjoy it, and then seriously consider registering as a member and paying your dues. Benefits of being a paid member include:

• Voting rights – They may sound boring, but if you would like to have a say in the direction and future of this club, the only way to participate is by joining us officially.

• Ability to “check out” material from the club library – Members are currently donating brewing magazines and books to create a Zymurgists of the Ozarks Library. Any attendee of a meeting can peruse the library, but only members will be allowed to check items out to take home. This will give you a chance to increase your knowledge at a minimal cost.

• Ability to enter into running to represent ZOO at “club only” competitions – We regularly hold internal competitions to find club members who will represent us at AHA “Club Only” competitions. If you would like to be considered to represent the ZOO at one of these competitions, you’ll need to pay your dues.

• Membership card – Show others that you are a part of something great by flashing your… card.

• Member’s Only Events – We’ll be scheduling events with local breweries, businesses, and fellow beer-minded folks, and if you’re not a member, you won’t get the invite. Don’t miss any of the unique and fun things we’ll be scheduling in the next year.

I hope you’ll consider coming to meet us at Ozarks Beer Fest on November 17th. We’ll be there with The Homebrewery talking about beer and homebrew, and would love to see you. Stop by the booth and talk shop with us for a bit. Oh, and you can go ahead and get your tickets at The Homebrewery or online at Don’t miss that party.

-Ben Stange, ZOO President