Originally Posted by SkinnyShamrock
Have you ever just thrown the recipe guidelines out the window and made something totally ridiculous? Was it good or bad?
All the time. That's how I brew, for the most part. Rarely do I brew anything that would score higher than the low thirties in a competition because it just doesn't fit the style in some way or another. Brewing in the space around the guidelines satisfies my creative urges and keeps me excited about brewing. If I felt some requirement to brew only to style, I would have given it up years and years ago.