Originally Posted by Wigglyscuds
I am still very much a beginner. I wanted to try and throw myself towards coming up with a few extract recipes. I just want to make sure these meet the style and sound good.
the great thing about beer is that it's very forgiving
i would get a few books and look at recipes they have there. look at the differences between styles, mainly regarding hopping rates and grains (designing great beers is a great book for this), and make your own recipes with the proportions you see. don't worry about staying within style, my best creations are typically those beers where i use too many specialty grains and use non-traditional yeasts. that said, you do have some things i would change with your recipes based on a few rules of thumb.
*steeping grains - they will really help to contribute more complexity you otherwise won't get from extract recipes
*DME - liquid extract sucks. i used it for about 4 years before making to jump to DME only. the lighter the better for the extract will help make a more consistent product. try to stick with Extra Lite, Lite, Wheat or Pilsen for your extract and add colors with your steeping grains.
*late additions of DME or LME - always add about half of your extract @ ~15 min left in the boil and you will get much better results
*hop additions - flameout hop additions are GREAT!! use appropriate amount of hops & types for each style. don't be afraid to play around with different hops at different points of the boil to see how boil time & quantity can affect your end results. your hopping of 1/4oz looks very low, you don't typically see <.5 oz for hop additions. 45 min additions are somewhat unnecessary, but run with it. maybe it'll be your trademark? hell DFH continually hops so nothing wrong with that. experiment, experiment, experiment!
*YEAST - i see no mention of yeast in your post. this is the most important
part of your beer, treat it well. again, don't be afraid to experiment. build a big yeast starter; bigger is better! use www.mrmalty.com
. saison in an IPA was maybe my greatest realization. delicious
hefe stout, strange
*primary fermentation - give it a minimum of 2 weeks. 3 is better
when in doubt, try it out. like i said, beer is very forgiving. happy brewing