Originally Posted by STEVESKI
Did you make a gourmet meal from scratch your first time cooking or did you follow somebody else's recipe?
Yes, I used a recipe. But by the time I started brewing myself I was unsatisfied with the kits at the LHBS. I wanted my own beer, I didn't want to make something I could buy at a store.
I did look up some reference information on ratios of base malts to other malts and typical hopping schedules. But other then that, I formulated my own recipes based on reading descriptions of the ingredients.
I always recommend beginners to start with kits, it takes the pressure off so they don't have to worry about recipe formulation. But trying to replicate someone elses results is a fools errand. Brewing is more about the brewer and the art than the ingredients.
Good luck OP, and enjoy your beer. DWRDAHB!