Originally Posted by Enf0rc3r
Argh so many choices. I understand what you're saying, but these recipes can't be terrible if people are making them haha. I'm worried I'm going to waste 6 weeks, $, and end up with crap.
Best thing to do is to keep it simple for your first brew of any particular style. Then you can get an idea about how you would like to change it next time. You can evaluate hoppiness (bitterness and flavor), sweetness, mouthfeel, roastiness, etc.. you get the idea. If you make something totally whack, chances are it will be much harder to get it perfect (as in how you like it) next time.
When I first started making recipes, they always seemed to end up 'muddy' because I was trying for too many things at the same time, and had too many different flavors. It makes your beer lack any direction. You will learn as you make more recipes that the simple ones tend to be better than the really complex ones.