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Old 02-15-2013, 05:19 AM   #1
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I just finished brewing 7th batch. I like to experiment with recipes when I cook and now I find myself doing it with brewing.
How do you all figure out what to make?
Do you find one style and stay with it, do you modify others recipes?
Create your own? Sample a beer and want to recreate it?

I am wanting to find something new. I typically drink triples and wheat beers.

 
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Old 02-15-2013, 05:21 AM   #2
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Buy "brewing classic styles" you'll be inspired by all the fantastic possibilities!

 
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Old 02-15-2013, 05:24 AM   #3
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I did just brew an IPA, not my favorite style, but it is growing on me.

 
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Old 02-15-2013, 05:28 AM   #4
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Sometimes i do repeats of the best beers i brew, often i repeat good recipe with modification with aim to improve and then i brew something very new that sounds good or taste good if i came across new beer (i would say 25%, 25% and 50% of completly new beers). I also take season of the year in to consideration when deciding what to brew

 
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Old 02-15-2013, 05:37 AM   #5
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I buy beers that I have never tried before. If I like them I try to find a clone recipe and brew it. Otherwise I look up recipes and see what catches my eye. I just found the recipe for imperial honey porter on this site. It sounded good and had good reviews, so I brewed it this morning.

 
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Old 02-15-2013, 05:37 AM   #6
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Ill rebrew something that I did and came out great as well as browse northern brewer or morebeer. You can dl pdf's of recipe sheets and buy your grains mash um and drink um. I will also go on beeradvocate and browse through their top 250 beers, pick something out and look up a clone recipe.

Or I will try and make my own recipe.

Goto your local liquor store, try different craft beers and try and brew something you like.
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Old 02-15-2013, 05:44 AM   #7
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+1 on season of the year. That is one drawback to making the big porter I did today. It will be ready about the same time the temp hits 100 outside. Not many people looking to chug porters in the heat.

 
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Old 02-15-2013, 05:45 AM   #8
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I have tried the craft brew route and it is either hit or miss with it being good and drinkable.
I will check out beer advocate.
I don't want to be a one trick pony when it comes to my new hobby. Trying to figure out what each grain and hop adds to the beer seems to be the biggest challenge.

 
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Old 02-15-2013, 05:50 AM   #9
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Join a beer club. Tons of great ideas and fantastic beers to be had. Also great feedback on your beers too. I tasted a couple great bourbon porters and totally want to explore that style now.

 
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Old 02-15-2013, 06:53 AM   #10
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If you really want to learn what different grains and hops taste like try a SMaSH recipe. There is a sticky on it.
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