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Old 09-24-2013, 02:28 AM   #1
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# of Possible Recipes = (# of malts)! * (# of hops)! * (# of yeast strains)! * (# of water adjustments possible)!

How many unique, drinkable combinations of different types of malts, hops, yeast and water are there?

(Yes, I know the math isn't correct, I just made it up to illustrate the insanity.)



 
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Old 09-24-2013, 02:38 AM   #2

Why?


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Old 09-24-2013, 02:42 AM   #3
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Old 09-24-2013, 02:43 AM   #4
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Old 09-24-2013, 02:46 AM   #5
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Good luck with the math.

Different proportions of malts and hops will have different outcomes with different yeast strains in different water profiles.

Add in all spices, sugars, fruits and other adjuncts on top of huge number of techniques, mashing processes, fermentation temperatures and aging options.

You have literally an infinite number of recipes.
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Old 09-24-2013, 02:51 AM   #6
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Billions and billions (in a Carl Sagan voice).

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Billions and billions (in a Carl Sagan voice).

Beat me to it!

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Old 09-24-2013, 03:00 AM   #8
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Don't forget different fermentation temperatures and all of the various shifts thereof.

And there's also all of the varying degrees of sanitation and possible off flavors.
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Old 09-24-2013, 04:06 AM   #9
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Plus you could always mix yeast strains in different ratios. So yes........billions and billions.
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Old 09-24-2013, 04:25 AM   #10
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