Originally Posted by mbecks
awesome. thanks for the advice guys. I was losing hope in this site it seems when i ask a question a lot of answers i get are "dont do it" or "you can do it if you want bad beer" rather then creative ideas to experiment with.
Recently we decided we wanted to brew an extract IPA from "scratch" and we had a few ideas on OG, ABV, IBUs, hop preference etc. We looked at examples online and also asked our local home brew store for suggestions. We then dumped our ingredients into the calculator on Brewers Friend and added, subtracted and tweaked until we got the numbers we wanted. Since it was an extract batch it wasn't terribly complicated since if you've brewed a few extract brews you know what basic elements that have to be present. The calculator helps you figure out what affect more or less grains, fermenters, hops, yeast and water have on your target measurements. Just make sure you pick the right yeast for the job. Good luck!