NEOSHO, Mo. — One by one, Dan Weaver measured out ingredients before a crowd of people Friday.
Weaver, a member of the Joplin Home Brew Club, added each item with precision as he demonstrated his craft during the Ozarks Homesteading Expo, which continues from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Newton County Fairgrounds in Neosho. The event, organized by Cheryl Franklin, is designed to provide educational demonstrations and learning opportunities for those with an interest in the sustainable lifestyle.
Admission to the expo is $5 per day; students 16 and younger are free. Additional information about the expo, as well as a schedule of events, may be found at www.ozarkshomesteading.com.
Dan Weaver brews beer on Friday during the Ozarks Homesteading Expo at the Newton County Fairgrounds. Globe | Roger Nomer
Weaver said there are two ways people brew their own beer. The first involves starting with the raw grain, while the second uses a powdered extract. Most people, Weaver said, start with the latter because it lessens the capital investment needed to brew beer at home.
Brewing a beverage using raw grains often comes later, as brewers grow in experience and desire more of the do-it-yourself experience, according to fellow club member Caleb Buck.
“You don’t have to be technically savvy,” Buck added. “You can make it as simple or as complicated as you want.”
Weaver said home brewers learn one lesson from the start — the importance of…