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Old 06-18-2009, 02:26 AM   #1
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Default Any reason why not to stick to pre-established recipes?

I have this book, Extreme Brewing, and I really am liking the many of the recipes in there, including the not so extreme ones. I see many of you start making your own recipes after like your first or second batch, while I was interested in continuing on with a bunch more of what's in my book. Any real reason that I shouldn't do this? will I be like "less" of a homebrewer?

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There's no real reason you shouldn't continue with what's in the book. If it makes you happy, then brew the way you want to!

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Any real reason that I shouldn't do this? will I be like "less" of a homebrewer?
No. Drink what you like. Brew what you drink.

At some point you may find yourself saying, "man, I really like this beer, but if it just had 'x', it would be really great". Then you'll start making recipes.
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There are so many variations and endless recipe combinations. After a while you will start tweaking and experimenting.

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Old 06-18-2009, 02:43 AM   #5
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yea, that's pretty much where I was planning on heading. Like "well this beer is great, but lets see what happens if I use these hops instead"

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Old 06-18-2009, 02:45 AM   #6
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I've always been one to tweak things a little time to time or outright improvise when I cook, whether due to ingredients on hand or just a little experimentation. Brewing to me is no different on that front. Even my first two brews had changes to them if only due to learning that the Mr. Beer recipes weren't up to snuff. Actually I've experimented less since getting a proper setup - there are a lot of established recipes I want to try out. Still, I have some experiments lined up on my plate too, eventually.

But if I didn't want to design my own recipes, and rather kept with established ones? I wouldn't feel lesser at all - I'd still be making my own beer. There are hundreds, even thousands of recipes out there, from expert designers with long experience, and I could spend a lifetime sampling them. The down side of designing your own recipe is knowing that there's one more tried and true beer out there you will never have time to make.

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The imperial pale ale is beyond belief.

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.... or maybe adding one of these specialty grains instead, or maybe using a different yeast strain instead, or maybe adding honey to bump up the A.B.V. %, or maybe .... ?

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I think sticking to proven recipes is great... if you can find a source of proven recipes. I have been very happy with Jamil's recipes and some others I have found. I have brewed to of Edwort's recipes from here on HBT.

Once you get more into your brewing, you will understand the ingredients and your system better and be able to craft your vision of beer. Each recipe is a chance to be an artist.

Warning: Until you have a grasp on everything, make proven recipes. Otherwise you will be more like the starving artist selling art no-one wants.

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The only thing that makes a brewer a good brewer, is that they make damn good beer. Sure, the more experience you get....the more you're likely to have particular preferences in recipes (be it creating recipes, altering your favorite recipes, or picking particular recipes to try). As long as you're still learning when you're brewing, you're a "real" brewer! But, well brewing is like cooking. I'd much rather have an excellent meal prepared by someone who was following a world class cook's recipe vs having say some made up Paula Dean recipe.

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