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Old 03-25-2009, 02:08 AM   #1
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If I find recipe, change the ingredients and quantities slighty, can I make it my own?

Will the beer police hunt me down if I do this?

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Old 03-25-2009, 02:13 AM   #2
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Of course you can call it your own! You brewed it- it's all yours!



Unless it originated from one of my recipes. That it needs to be prefaced with Yooper's ___________and royalties can be paid directly to my paypal account.

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Old 03-25-2009, 02:16 AM   #3
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That depends. If you're taking a 20+ year old recipe from a book we've all read, and adding in 1 tsp Irish Moss, we'll know, and we'll let you hear about it. If you're replacing 4 lbs of MO with something altogether different, it might be a big enough change to be called a new recipe. Use your own best judgment.

Look at it like this, if you spent years writing a novel, then I came along and changed up a few words here and there but left the story/plot/character development/dialog mostly intact, would you be upset at my plagiarism?

At the same time, many of the recipes here pretty much qualify as "open source." I don't think EdWort is going to get mad if you add in 2 lbs of kiwi and post a recipe for Kiwi Apfelwein (which sounds delicious IMHO) but at the same time, it would only be right to give credit to Ed for the original recipe and the inspiration.

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Old 03-25-2009, 02:27 AM   #4
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Take a recipe an tweak it a bit. Then use this to rename it;

http://www.strangebrew.ca/beername.php?Mode=Generate
Of course giving credit were credit is due.
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Old 03-25-2009, 02:37 AM   #5
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i think we all have taken recipes and at one time or another, changed a small % of an malt or two and called it our own. i think that is fine. if you repost the recipe, just say i somewhere who you took it from and what you changed and i think all will be ok. Lets face it, with all the microbrewed IPA's in the USA, you don't think it's possible for a few to be really close but not exactly the same. p.s. i love beer!!!

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The IIPA I have fermenting was based roughly off a recipe I found here. I made it a double and changed up the hops a bit, then named it. I'm sure if someone looked at the two recipes side-by-side, they'd see it. But I consider it to basically be my recipe. How many movies out there are basically Romeo and Juliet without the name? If people enjoy something, people are going to keep remaking it.

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i think we all have taken recipes and at one time or another, changed a small % of an malt or two and called it our own. i think that is fine. if you repost the recipe, just say i somewhere who you took it from and what you changed and i think all will be ok. Lets face it, with all the microbrewed IPA's in the USA, you don't think it's possible for a few to be really close but not exactly the same. p.s. i love beer!!!
I agree with this. If you are on this website its good to acknowledge the use somebody's recipe with a modification. When it comes to drinking it and sharing it with friends its as good as yours. Especially since you made it.
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EdWort would be hanging out at HBT for a living if we had to pay royalties for variations of his Haus Pale Ale

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EdWort would be hanging out at HBT for a living if we had to pay royalties for variations of his Haus Pale Ale
Him and his lawyer would be too busy chasing after people to be drinking all that much.
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