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Old 03-25-2009, 04:10 PM   #11
Matt Up North
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Dry Stout is Dry Stout is Dry Stout. I don't care if it's Matts Dry Stout or Bills Dry Stout. They will be different, but the recipe the same. IPA is kinda the same, though not. My IPA is based off of Edworts, but as said above, I changed up the quantity, the hops and really used his as a base model. He is not my mouth though and I don't think our two IPA's are anything alike. So is it mine, yes, did I read his recipe, yes.

Alton Brown makes some great blueberry muffins that I claim as my own.
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Old 03-25-2009, 04:36 PM   #12
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If you brewed it, it's yours. For example, I call my Best Bitter mine, and named it Pride of Raubsville, even though it's pretty much a bog-standard grist and hops profile.

As someone above noted, there is nothing new under the sun (well, almost nothing). There's a finite number of ingredients and a finite number of ways you can combine them and still end up with something recognizably beer. This is especially true in the most basic styles, like Pilsner or (also mentioned above) Dry Irish Stout.

So brew away, and call it what you will. Chances are that, due to a wide variety of circumstances, your brew of my recipe will be appreciably different, even if you follow all my ingredients to the gram and my procedures to the letter.


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Old 11-05-2010, 05:52 PM   #13
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yah i know im that guy who awakens a year dead thread but oh well here goes, so far in my opinion the answers to the OP are for the most part completely wrong:

Heres the answer to this looming dilemma. If you formulate the recipe, not just "tweak" it you name it, if not give a nod and keep the name the same as the person you got it from called it. I just dont see how you if you didnt take the time to formulate the recipe yourself test it, rebrew it, tweak it rebrew it, tweak it, rebrew it you can pass it off as something originally yours, me personally there is no way I would even want or consider doing that. As a matter of fact when I label my beer if it is from a recipe out of the complete joy of homebrewing or brewing classic styles i give a nod to the author of the recipe right on the label be it jamil or charlie or whoever formulated the recipe that I essentially copied and stole whether I myself brewed it or not. I dont know why you would want to pass something off as yours when it is truly not, so let this be encourangement to go forward and design your own recipes and try them out and tweak them and than you can proudly name them something unique to you and your love of brewing and you can put your name proudly on the label and noone will wonder whether its a book recipe or a kit because it will say it all on the label that this beer is genetically and uniquely yours. flame on rant over.

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Old 11-05-2010, 06:02 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by Schlenkerla View Post
Take a recipe an tweak it a bit. Then use this to rename it;
Of course giving credit were credit is due.
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Now that is a name for an IPA!!!

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Old 11-05-2010, 06:40 PM   #15
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Someone let me know who came up with the Czech Pilsner recipe that has 100% Unmodified Moravian Malt and Saaz Hops. We've got 1000's of brewers to bust.
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Old 11-05-2010, 09:03 PM   #16
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I would say that even if two brewers use exactly the same recipe, you're going to be able to tell a difference. there are so many variables from mash temp to fermentation temp to water chemistry, to crush of the grains, etc. that make slight differences in various attributes of a beer. As others have said, I would note when there was an inspiration for a brew when posting the recipe anywhere, and I would certainly give credit if I used someone else's recipe verbatim, but I think in the end, each batch is it's own creation.
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