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Old 04-01-2013, 04:45 AM   #1
creekwaterbrew
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Howdy!

New to the forum. Just wanting some advice on creating a unique recipe. I've got a few brews under my belt and I am tired of making brews that belong to others. Without asking for specifics, It would be really helpful to have a checklist of the basic ingredients that I can then select based on my preferences.
Ex. 1. Hops 2. Extract 3. Yeast etc... Thanks in advance!

 
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Old 04-01-2013, 05:09 AM   #2
amandabab
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grains:
http://byo.com/resources/grains

hops:
http://byo.com/resources/hops

yeast:
http://byo.com/resources/yeast

 
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Old 04-01-2013, 05:20 AM   #3
Pastorken
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1. Pick a style you like.
2. If you're doing extract, figure out what the base malt would be (light, pilsner, dark, wheat, etc.)
3. I like to see what flavor and color grains other recipes use in their recipes for that style. Read as many recipes in the style that you can and take notes.
If you have a LHBS, go through the grain bins and taste the malts that are recommended. You'd be surprised how much flavor and aroma come through in the raw grains.
4. Find the flavors you like and experiment with the amounts in your recipe.
5. Go through the same process with hops and find ones you like that fit the style. Then you can experiment with amounts and addition times.
6. Keep reading and talking to everyone here! There's some great info and brewers on this site.
7. RDWHAHB!

 
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Old 04-01-2013, 05:21 AM   #4
creekwaterbrew
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Wow great links. Thanks so much amandabab!

 
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Old 04-01-2013, 05:24 AM   #5
creekwaterbrew
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Pastorken
1. Pick a style you like.
2. If you're doing extract, figure out what the base malt would be (light, pilsner, dark, wheat, etc.)
3. I like to see what flavor and color grains other recipes use in their recipes for that style. Read as many recipes in the style that you can and take notes.
If you have a LHBS, go through the grain bins and taste the malts that are recommended. You'd be surprised how much flavor and aroma come through in the raw grains.
4. Find the flavors you like and experiment with the amounts in your recipe.
5. Go through the same process with hops and find ones you like that fit the style. Then you can experiment with amounts and addition times.
6. Keep reading and talking to everyone here! There's some great info and brewers on this site.
7. RDWHAHB!
Good advice. I'll be definitely browsing those grain bins next trip to the LHBS. Thanks!

 
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Old 04-01-2013, 05:43 AM   #6
suddsy83
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Originally Posted by amandabab
This is the best link to a guide on what to put with what. As a noob.. I am just getting the hang of placing flavors etc. thanks for the link amandabab.. Awesomeness!!!

 
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:09 PM   #7
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My biggest advice is keep it simple. Especially for your first recipes. If you have more than 3 malts, consider if you really know what each is doing. Until you have a good idea of what individual malts do, adding more can you make your beer taste, "brown."

My simple recipes almost always come out better than the complicated ones.

 
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:51 PM   #8
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I would add that you get a copy of "designing great beer" by Ray Daniels

The book is a little dated but gives typical percentages of grain used in all the many styles of beer and is a great starting point.

You can also reference the BJCP style guide which will also give you typical grains, hops, etc used in each style as well as good referenced commercial beers that represent that style
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Old 04-02-2013, 03:28 AM   #9
creekwaterbrew
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Originally Posted by mjohnson
My biggest advice is keep it simple. Especially for your first recipes. If you have more than 3 malts, consider if you really know what each is doing. Until you have a good idea of what individual malts do, adding more can you make your beer taste, "brown."

My simple recipes almost always come out better than the complicated ones.
Hmmmm well said. Makes sense, thanks!

 
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Old 04-02-2013, 03:28 AM   #10
creekwaterbrew
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Originally Posted by duboman
I would add that you get a copy of "designing great beer" by Ray Daniels

The book is a little dated but gives typical percentages of grain used in all the many styles of beer and is a great starting point.

You can also reference the BJCP style guide which will also give you typical grains, hops, etc used in each style as well as good referenced commercial beers that represent that style
Man I need this book haha

 
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