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View Poll Results: Staying in style
Going for the Gold! 5 6.67%
Use as a reference. 56 74.67%
Guide? We don't need no stinkin guide! 14 18.67%
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Old 05-28-2007, 04:35 PM   #1
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When you are building your recipes, how important is it for you to stay in style?

Since I do not enter in competitions, style guidelines tend to go out the window. But I do tend to check to see if I have any "glaring" differences. Like, FG way to far one way or the other.

Just curious what everyone thinks.

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Old 05-28-2007, 04:41 PM   #2
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To me it is more important to make recipes that:
1. I like
2. Allow me to learn about individual ingredients
3. Fit the style
4. My friends like

Now, if I can get all these in one, great, if not that is the order of importance.

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Old 05-28-2007, 04:54 PM   #3
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I'm still pretty green at building recipes from scratch so when I begin, I start with a particular style that I'm trying to emulate. If what I want takes me off style a little, I don't really worry about it.
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Old 05-28-2007, 05:04 PM   #4
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Other than stout or hefe I tend to stray from guidelines.

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Old 05-28-2007, 05:24 PM   #5
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The only time I'm in style is when I brew a clone or follow someone else's styled recipe, otherwise I make odd brews that appeal to me.
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Old 05-28-2007, 05:46 PM   #6
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Depends on the brew. The hefe I did (Baron's recipe) was as simple and traditional as it is delicious. My favorite recipe, my red IPA, is too dark for the style but otherwise pretty much in style. My Tempation red ale, that I also love, is in style but within a very broad style (American Amber).

The times where brews have been disappointing to me, like my smoked porter, I've gotten a little off style (too many hops), or the mocha stout which was just a disaster. So, it depends on the brew, but I'm inclined to generally stick to the guidelines for the time being.
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Old 05-28-2007, 05:57 PM   #7
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In my mind, the style guidelines really serve two purposes for homebrewers:

1. They are the definitive reference to which different types of beers may be compared for the purposes of fair and objective judging. Without them, beers could only be compared on the basis of subjective and personal opinion.

2. They also provide a great starting point for recipe creation. If you follow the style guidelines, you will have reasonable idea ahead of time regarding how a beer will turn out. Thus, if you like your brown ales a little maltier and sweeter, you can also have a good idea of what to add to make it that way (say some munich and some crystal malts).

BTW, if you haven't already read it, Ray Daniel's book "Designing Great Beers" does an excellent job of matching up ingredient lists to many of the different beer styles. Great reference.

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Old 05-28-2007, 06:23 PM   #8
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Reason I brew is to find a "Style" I like and change it to something I LOVE!! My pale ale is more of an IPA, my IPA is more of an IIPA, My wheats, well, they have wheat in em...... Find what ya like and go for it. Just remember, none of these styles EXISTED till someone tried a beer and thought "I want to do this differently" Competition is one thing, but for around the house, just use em as rule's of Thumb

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Old 05-28-2007, 07:35 PM   #9
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I agree Flyguy.

Staying in style is always my goal.

Anyone can put something together, use the wrong ingredients, the wrong yeast, the wrong everything and something good may come of it.

IMO, not brewing in style is like like slipping the tongue to your sister instead of a super-model.... (I know what you're thinking, Cheese...close your eyes.... )
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Old 05-28-2007, 08:41 PM   #10
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i always take a look at guidelines as a reference, but if i think it's going to be good, i brew it. usually it is
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