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View Poll Results: Which do you prefer to brew?
Exclusively my own recipes. 34 22.67%
A mix of my own recipes and other's recipes. 96 64.00%
Exclusively recipes from others (mix of clones and non-clones). 19 12.67%
Exclusively other's recipes (no clones). 1 0.67%
Exclusively clone recipes. 0 0%
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Old 09-27-2013, 08:11 PM   #1
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I'm curious what the division out there is amongst brewers between whether you like to brew existing recipes or crafting your own. Granted this is a fairly non-scientific poll and doesn't account for bias of brewing experience, but oh well

For reference:
  • "Your recipes" refers to recipes you put tgether yourself. This can include modifying or combining recipes from various sources, but they should be primarily your own concept.*
  • "Other's recipes" refers to recipes posted by forum members, home brew club members, magazine writers, etc. Can include clones unless otherwise specified.
  • "Clones" refers to recipes made to imitate commercial brews.

*This means subbing out a grain or two, the hops, or the yeast used doesn't count as making your own recipe.
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Old 09-27-2013, 08:13 PM   #2
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I usually go with a recipe that I've crafted myself. However, I will read a ton of other recipes and read up on that beer style so I'm going in somewhat informed.

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Old 09-27-2013, 08:14 PM   #3
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50/50 here. I normally start with an existing recipe, but have to change something along the way to match my preferred taste. I don't only do this with brewing beer, but also cooking in general.
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Old 09-27-2013, 08:18 PM   #4
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I am still very new to brewing, so i've been sticking to clones or other peoples recipes while i get my routines down. I'm sure i will create my own recipe one day...but for now i'm just learning.

 
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Old 09-27-2013, 08:22 PM   #5
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As a relatively new brewer, I tended to rely upon recipes originally.

First with Extract/Steeping Kits that I purchased (5 batches).

Then I made the move to AG based heavily on the HUGE amount of information that I found on HBT. It made sense to me to use the "tried and true" recipes that I found on HBT as well. (Props to BierMuncher, Yooper and many others)

Ironically, of the 4 different AG beers that I have made [Centennial Blonde(x4); Bass Clone(x2); Irish Red(x2) and Yoopers House Ale(x2)]
I have only once actually made it through the brewday with no mistakes that "altered" the recipe.
Wrong hop additions
0.75# of choc malt (in a beer that called for 0.75 OUNCES) I named this my not so pale ale [NSPA]

So while I relied on a recipe, I often altered the recipe accidentally.
I am at a point now where I am beginning to distinguish the different characteristics that individual ingredients add to a beer (loving Honey Malt for exampe)
So I am now venturing into the realm of BlackBird House Pale Ale, which I hope to add to the recipe forum eventually as my own.
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Old 09-27-2013, 08:25 PM   #6
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I usually go with a recipe that I've crafted myself. However, I will read a ton of other recipes and read up on that beer style so I'm going in somewhat informed.
This is pretty much what I do as well.
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Old 09-27-2013, 08:30 PM   #7
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50/50 here. I normally start with an existing recipe, but have to change something along the way to match my preferred taste. I don't only do this with brewing beer, but also cooking in general.
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I love to tinker with what I have on hand or being inspired by a recipe that looks really good. I always change something, or a few things.

 
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Old 09-27-2013, 08:34 PM   #8
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I mostly make my own recipes, but will sometimes look at other recipes to get an idea of hops/malt combos when I feel like I"m in a rut of the same old thing.
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Old 09-27-2013, 08:39 PM   #9
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I started just kind of winging it with my own recipes right off the bat. Lo and behold, some of them weren't that great. I had this idea that styles were just points on a spectrum, and whatever I threw together would still be good even if it didn't land on one of those points. Turns out there's a reason all those different styles exist. Anyway I haven't given up on experimenting but I'm starting to do it with smaller batches and using other people's recipes on the bigger batches. That way I have lots of good beer, but still get to do the mad scientist thing.

 
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Old 09-27-2013, 08:50 PM   #10
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I very occasionally use someone else's recipe, but 95% of the time it's my own recipes. If I'm brewing a new style I'll base my recipe on someone else's and there's those times I find myself drinking a beer that I just have to clone. If I'm cloning a beer, though, I usually try it myself before using someone else's recipe. The other thing with clones is that if I can't get it here and can't find anyone to trade for it, I'll just use someone else's recipe from the get go.
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