My brew buddies and I want to try making our own recipe, and have fairly scientific mindsets as to how we want to approach this. We need to do a lot of reading into what malts, grains, yeasts, hops create which flavors, so we're pretty far off, which gives us a lot of time to develop a "control beer."
My idea is to find a "neutral beer" that we wouldn't mind drinking a lot of (I'm thinking a nice pale ale). We would brew it a couple times using the exact same stuff and really nail that brew down. From there we mix it up, adding different malts, different hops, etc.
What do you think? What's the best way to start making recipes?