June ZOO Meeting – Style: Saison or Farmhouse Ales

Title: June ZOO Meeting – Style: Saison or Farmhouse Ales
Location: The Home Brewery – Ozark, MO
Description: This month’s style/theme: Saison or Farmhouse Ales.

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Start Time: 19:30
Date: 2012-06-19
End Time: 21:00

Meeting on Tuesday, May 15th @ The Home Brewery


The Next Meeting of the Zymurgists of The Ozarks is this Tuesday, May 15th at 7:30 PM.  As always, we’ll meet at The Home Brewery located at 1967 Boat St  Ozark, MO 65721.  If you need directions to the store, feel free to call them at (417) 581-0963.

This month’s theme is Dark Lagers.  We’ll be discussing different types of dark lager, sampling a few, and sharing home brew. If you have a homebrewed dark lager, we’d love to try it.  If you don’t, but have some homebrew, well, we’d love to try that, too.  If you don’t have any homebrew, just stop by your favorite beer store and pick up something to sample.  All beers and people are welcome.

Also, as special guests, we are expecting a visit from the guys at Hellbender Meadery.  They are a new meadery preparing to open in Rogersville, Missouri, and they’ll be bringing some of their wares to sample, as well.

As alway, bring some snacks if you can.  Beer is always better with snacks.

See you tomorrow night!


AHA Big Brew Day Thanks!

Thanks to everyone who came out and joined us for our Big Brew Day Saturday! We had a lot of fun in the sun and made 25 gallons of Bucksnort Brown Ale! We also found a few new members and made several new friends.

I can see exciting things in our club’s future. I want to thank everyone for making the Big Brew Day happen.

Big Brew Day 8 days away!

OK, so the AHA Big Brew Day is next Saturday, May 5th.  If you want to participate by bringing your equipment and brewing, pleae RSVP to Todd as soon as possible.  You can email him at todd@homebrewery.com or call him at 417-581-0963. He will also want to know if you need him to prepare one of the AHA-devised recipe for you.  Make sure and specify if you want to brew the American Brown Ale or the Northern English Brown Ale recipe and if you will be brewing extract or all-grain.

Brewing the AHA-created recipe is the only way to count your batch in the totals of the Big Brew Day, so if you plan to particpate, we ask that you brew one of the two Brown Ale recipes they provide on their site.  We’ll get started brewing at 10 am and we’ll be haning out and meeting whoever stops by all day.  It’s a great way to meet fellow homebrewers and possibly expand the membership of our club. 


Thanks, everyone!

Meeting Minutes – April 17th, 2012


The meeting this month was geared around IPA’s.  We talked about the types of IPA and how to get larger hop aroma from beer.  Several good ones were sampled at the meeting, including a Double IPA which Michael brewed.  We also had several commercial styles.

Some items of business which were brought up during the meeting:

Old Business:

  • Big Brew Day is 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.  To be a part of it, you can brew at The Homebrewery or you can brew at home, but you should brew one of the recipes provided by the AHA.  If you would like the recipe put together as a kit for you, please email Todd at the Homebrewery and he can make arrangements for that.  Please do not wait until the last minute to do so.  We hope many of you will choose to come and brew at The Homebrewery, as it will be a great opportunity to teach others about the hobby and tell them about our club.
  • We are participating in the August 2012 Club-Only competition.  The category is Porter, and covers BJCP category 12. In order to have your beer considered to represent our club at the competition, please bring it to the June meeting (our Saison meeting, as well).  We will have a blind tasting of the beers and vote to see which will represent our club at the AHA event.  This June deadline is designed to allow enough time for the winner to re-brew the recipe prior to the August 10th entry deadline if he should choose to do so.
  • June’s meeting is also our Saison meeting.  We should have a special guest at this meeting.  My brother, Joe, (The Thirsty Pilgrim) will be in town and is currently planning on joining us that night.  He will offer some insight into the Saison style and will give a short presentation about what makes a Saison a Saison and where the style comes from, among other things.  Joe is a freelance beer writer and has lived in Brussels, Belgium.  He has traveled all over Europe researching beer and now lives in Costa Rica, which is just now developing a craft beer scene.  He will be an interesting guest to have at the meeting, and he looks forward to meeting all of you.

New Business:

  • We came up with another interesting experiment for anyone who would like to participate.  Anyone who would like to should brew a beer using breakfast cereal for our September meeting.  The rules are simple: You can use any breakfast cereal you want to use, but it must account for 10% by weight of your entire grain bill.  We were discussing drawing your assigned cereal from a hat, but that was voted down by popular vote.  I am not sure if we will have a prize for the winner of the competition, but you can bet there will be points awarded for creativity.
  • I reminded everyone of the themes for the next few months:
    Next month’s theme is Dark Lager.  If you have not already brewed one, you probably don’t have time to properly lager a beer, so a commercial example is probably your best bet.
    June’s theme is Saison. There is still time to brew this, but Saison yeast can be tricky, so it is best to try and do this early to give time for yeast trouble.  If you need a good basic recipe to brew your Saison, I provided one at our March meeting.
    July’s theme is Experimental Beer. This is open.  Oak-aged, odd ingredients, whatever you want to try is fair.  I think we’d all like to see some pretty creative and crazy experiments.  Anyone feel like dry-hopping with bacon?

If you have anything to add, please feel free to do so int he comments below.  Thanks again to everyone who participated last night.  We had a really fun time.

Free Kegerator?


This is a contest sponsored by Fox and the Hound. There are various prizes (kegerator, home brew kit, etc) but it does require that you send a text to them.

Obviously ZOO has nothing to do with this contest. Just thought some of you might want to try your luck!

More information here.

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!