Originally Posted by acrobatic
I looked around and didn't see a specific thread regarding my question. . .
How do you transition from brewing clones to going free-form? It's more of a rhetorical question but at the same time serious. Everything I like to brew has been done but what makes a beer original, despite a few recipe changes. Do you simply need to experiment with small 3 gallon or smaller batches to get a feel? I don't want to brew 5 gallon experimental batches to find an original gem. I have Beer Smith but does that mean I need smaller fermenters and just go for it? It seems like a stupid question but is that how you start brewing your own beers?
Any advice would be appreciated, thanks! Sorry, I know I'm asking how to walk but I never can understand how you come up with something new when millions of brews similar exist.
If you have Beer Smith it is really easy to select a style for guidelines, then play around with ingredients to fit inside the given guidelines. I use beer smith also, and I am pretty sure it follows the BJCP style guidelines exactly (BJCP Style Guidelines
You don't necessarily need smaller fermenters, what do you have now?