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Old 06-27-2012, 08:37 PM   #1
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Hey all, I'm an extract only brewer,(Meets my needs),and I'd like to know if anyone out there says,"Hey,I don't want too follow the rigid guidelines imposed on a certain type of beer.I have gotten to the point where I have several types of LME, Light,Amber,Dark,and Wheat. Using these LMES and a variance of hops.I can create my own styles,types of beers,that are user friendly,tasty,and fit MY bill for and enjoyable brew.Anyone else feel the same....?Please answer........



 
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Old 06-27-2012, 08:38 PM   #2
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i'm not sure what you're asking, but i'm also from York...



 
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Old 06-27-2012, 08:41 PM   #3
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Sometimes I want something right on style or a clone.
Sometimes I just go with it.

 
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Old 06-27-2012, 08:41 PM   #4
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Hey Atom, my point is why do we have to stay within the parameters of say a pilner or a stout,when we can use all of the elements to make different kinds of beer.This is what I do.

 
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Old 06-27-2012, 08:44 PM   #5
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Hey Atom, my point is why do we have to stay within the parameters of say a pilner or a stout,when we can use all of the elements to make different kinds of beer.This is what I do.
Make whatever you want, it's YOUR beer. Unless you plan on entering it into a competition where a category is required, no one cares what your beer is/isn't. Just drink it, enjoy it, and brew on brother!

 
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Old 06-27-2012, 08:45 PM   #6
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Lets say I feel like a North West Coast Ale,and have 6.6# of Amber LME. I'll add 1-1 1/2 oz of Cascades and calit "The Great Northener Ale" Works for me

 
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Old 06-27-2012, 08:47 PM   #7
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You're homebrewing. You don't HAVE to do anything.

Stye guidelines are nice, and will help get you pointed in the right direction, but there's no reason you can't go all mad scientist. Of course, throwing crap together willy nilly could result in awful/awesome beer. Keep notes as to what you do so that you can replicate your successes/avoid recreating your mistakes.

My next brew will be a "big" Irish red. I'll be close to the style guidelines, but I'm going to end up with a little higher gravity (blanced with slightly higher hops) than the style technically calls for. If I enter it in a competition, I might get dinged for that.

Since I'm not entering it in a competiton, I'm not worried about stretching the boundaires.

But hey... if you wanna brew a dark hopbomb with saison yeast and a little coriander... psh, go for it. It's your beer/sink drains.
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Old 06-27-2012, 08:47 PM   #8
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Roger that.......its all good,and feeling that you have created a good brew is ........well orgasmic...?lol

 
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Old 06-27-2012, 08:48 PM   #9
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my point is why do we have to stay within the parameters of say a pilner or a stout,....
Who told you this?

It's a form of cooking. There are guidelines for specific styles, but contrary to popular belief, there are no Beer Police who roam the countryside ensuring we stick to pre-determined brewing parameters.

 
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Old 06-27-2012, 08:48 PM   #10
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Well,it's my belief that since beer has been brewed for the last 10,000 years,anything we just throw together is likely to closely resemble another brewers' style of beer. Maybe with a slightly different personal touch.
But with so many being brewed,coming up with something totally new out of the same ingredients will be tough. More like different twists nowadays,from what I see & taste.


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