Archive for March 2012

My Saison!


Ok, “My Saison” is what we named our colt that was born this morning. I’m very fortunate that a few months ago when we were contemplating names for the foal, my girlfriend had no objection to me naming it after a beer. It has some French lines in its pedigree and its mother is named “My Engagement”. “My Saison” seemed to be a good fit. Of course, “My Trub” would have worked too….

Regardless, it’s a good reminder that the you should be considering brewing your Saison for the June ZOO meeting!

From Beer Advocate:


Saisons are sturdy farmhouse ale that was traditionally brewed in the winter, to be consumed throughout the summer months. Not so long ago it was close to being an endangered style, but over recent years there’s been a massive revival; especially in the US.

This is a very complex style; many are very fruity in the aroma and flavor. Look for earthy yeast tones, mild to moderate tartness. Lots of spice and with a medium bitterness. They tend to be semi-dry with many only having touch of sweetness.

Average alcohol by volume (abv) range: 5.0-8.0%

Meeting Minutes – March 20th, 2012


At last night’s meeting, we discussed a few ideas for the club in the near future, and we met a couple of new members.

First of all, the AHA Big Brew is coming up on May 5th.  We discussed organizing that day at The Home Brewery to participate in the brew day.  Those willing or interested in participating, please email (homebrewzoo [at] gmail dot com) and let me know so that we can keep a tally of who will be involved.  The Big Brew Day has extract and all-grain versions of two brown ales this year.

We also discussed participating in the August 2012 Club-Only competition.  The category is porter, and covers BJCP category 12 styles.  In order to have your beer considered to represent the club, please note that you must bring a brewed version of your submission to our June meeting.  We will have a blind tasting at that meeting and vote to see which ale will represent our club at the competition.  This deadline allows enough time that the winner of our in-club competition will have time to re-brew before the August 10th deadline should they feel it is necessary.

We discussed the creation of this site and the addition of club forums to the site during the meeting, as well.  Eric has done an excellent job putting together the site so far, so we are excited to see what is coming.

Also at this meeting, I reminded everyone that the June meeting’s theme is Saison/Farmhouse ales.  I distributed copies of a simple Saison recipe to all members who expressed interest in brewing for the meeting.  That recipe will follow the meeting minutes in this post.

It was mentioned in the meeting that the monthly themes are currently nearly meaningless, and that it would be nice to have some sort of information at the beginning of the meeting relating to that month’s theme.  For instance, as next month’s theme is IPA, it would be of a benefit to the group to have someone teach a bit about what that category means at the beginning of April’s meeting.  If you would like to volunteer to teach the IPA segment, please email me at homebrewzoo [at] gmail dot com.

We also drank and had fun.

Here is the Saison recipe I distributed to the group during the meeting last night:

Simple Saison

Batch size 5 gallons
Boil size 7.1 gallons
Boil time 90 minutes
Grain weight 10 pounds
Efficiency 70%
Original gravity 1.050
Final gravity 1.011
Alcohol (by volume) 5.1%
Bitterness (IBU) 31
Color (SRM) 5.0°L


2 liquid packs

Belgian Saison



10 pounds

    36ppg, 1°L
9 pounds
Munich (Dark)
    34ppg, 20°L
1 pound



1.5 ounces

Hallertauer hops
    4.3%, Pellet
1.5 ounces


120 minutes, 9.6 gallons

    Target 149°F
3.1 gallons
60 minutes (+0)
    Target 170°F
6.5 gallons



90 minutes, 7.1 gallons

Hallertauer hops
    4.3%, Pellet
1.5 ounces
90 minutes (+0)
Wort chiller 15 minutes (+75)



24 days @ 70-95°F

Rack to secondary 14 days (+10)


This yeast likes it hot. Fermentation temps of 95F are not unheard of using a Saison yeast. This creates a spicier profile for the beer overall. If you do not wish to use this yeast, a starter can be made from the dregs of your favorite saison.

The efficiency used to calculate this recipe is 70%.  You may need to adjust your version of this recipe to allow for your system’s efficiency.

To make an extract version of this recipe: For an extract version, simply substitute 6 lbs of light dry extract for the 10 lbs of Belgian Pilsen malt and steep the munich malt.  If you do not wish to steep your grains, simply sub in an additional .5 lbs of dry extract for the munich malt.

About the base malt: This recipe was formulated with software which has limited options for malts.  I recommend a pilsen malt as the base, and will probably use a Belgian pilsen in my version.

March ZOO Meeting!! – (from Steve M.)


Brewers and Brew lovers,

        The next meeting of  “Zymurgists Of the Ozarks”, (ZOO) is next Tuesday evening

         Date:  Tuesday,  March 20th
Time:   7:30 PM
Place:  The Home Brewery in Ozark MO

         NEW LOCATION !!!!   The Home Brewery has MOVED.
         The new address is:   1967 Boat Street, Ozark MO…..    Behind Lamberts Cafeteria, CC & US-65.  Take a right at the light just East of Lamberts, take the first right after that.  The Home Brewery is on the circle drive of Boat Street facing US-65.

The Theme Beer for this month is…

        Scottish ales…. 60 shilling, 80 shilling, Wee Heavy…
Bring out those malty, peaty, beauties and let’s all have a taste while we watch Braveheart on the telly.  Bring your own bagpipe.

If you don’t have any homebrew to bring, stop in at the Brown Derby Int’l Wine center in Springfield and pick up a bottle or two of foreign or microbrew.

ALL BEERS WELCOME.  You don’t have to bring a beer matching the monthly theme.

Also….  BRING Munchies !!!!
Brew goes down better with chips, tortillas, pretzels, and nuts too.

See you there,
Steve M.

Next Meeting – Tuesday, March 20th. 7:30 PM @ Home Brewery

It’s time once again for another ZOO meeting! This month’s meeting is about Irish and Scottish Ales.  Bring homebrew if you have it, and Irish or Scottish Ales if you don’t have any homebrew to bring.  Home brewed Irish and Scottish ales will earn you bonus points.

As always, try to bring munchies to share, as well.  If you read this before the meeting, try to let us know what munchies you’ll be bringing so we don’t double up too much.

We’ll see you Tuesday night at The Home Brewery!

Beer Styles By Month – Plan to brew!

In order to give everyone the opportunity to plan ahead for the style of the month, here is the list of monthly styles!

March – Irish and Scottish Ales

April – IPA

May – Dark Lager

June – Saison or Farmhouse Ales

July – Experimental Beer

August – Kolsch

September – Pumpkin or spiced beer

October – Oktoberfest, Marzen, German Lagers

November – Porter

December – Imperial Ales or Barley Wines

Remember, the beer you brew today will be the beer you can bring in 2-3 months! Plan ahead!

Hello ZOO members!


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