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Old 02-06-2010, 03:18 AM   #1
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Default How many batches before .......

......I venture out with my own idea?

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Old 02-06-2010, 03:28 AM   #2
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if you're making good beer, go for it.

if you're still getting off flavors, i'd hold back.

my one piece of advice: keep it simple. like, real simple.

the two previous beers I designed myself were.....interesting. so on my "home-designed" i kept it real simple: maris otter and simpsons medium (esb).

hydro samples were great, i'll let you know how it is in a month

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Old 02-06-2010, 03:30 AM   #3
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cool keep me informed.

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Old 02-06-2010, 05:32 AM   #4
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I started writing on my second recipe. Half the fun for me is writing the recipes. Of course, I've researched a lot, read a lot of books (a ton), drunken a lot of different commercial beers/styles, etc.

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Old 02-06-2010, 12:56 PM   #5
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If you think you want to try your own recipes you should go for it. If your technique is not perfect, that will be okay. Just keep it simple so that if there are faults they will be easier to track down. Make sure you run all the numbers on the recipes you make. When I started making my own recipes I made a Red Ale with Columbus hops, they were super high on the AA and I just threw them all in without running the numbers to find my IBUs, it was a face melter and I'm not a big fan of that. The best tip I can give is to keep track of your BU:GU ratio. BU is bittering units, the same thing as IBU. GU is gravity units, so 1.057 will be 57 gravity units, 1.042 will be 42. I find a BU:GU ratio of .6 to be very balanced, but that is on my palate, you'll have to find your number and orbit around it.

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Old 02-06-2010, 03:17 PM   #6
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Go for it... I don't follow recipes at all. I just make beer. To me, it's more of an adventure that way.
So far I've only made one batch that I didn't care for.

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Old 02-07-2010, 02:59 AM   #7
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Cool. I like really dark and really bitter ales. I also find that 7.5 to 8 % to be my preference..........

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Old 02-07-2010, 03:00 AM   #8
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I plan on making a "Devil Dog Ale" something like a bastard ale but with a kick.

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Old 02-07-2010, 06:38 PM   #9
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I have never followed a recipe or try to clone a beer. I always just make my own up. But I have found that the more simple you keep your recipe, the easier it is to distinguish certain flavors and aromas from certain ingredients. I have found that my best AG beers have been using 2 different malts and 2 similar style hops.

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Keep it simple and write your own recipes. It is quite simple to create beer of your own design. The trick comes when you try to make the perfect beer. That will only take time though, so don't sweat the small stuff. If you like dark, go with tradition of a Dry Irish Stout. If you like hoppy, then do a really simple style of IIPA. Check out the one in my dropdown for a good example and then just play from there.

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