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Old 10-28-2013, 12:55 AM   #1
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Default Stuck in a rut, how do you choose your next brew?

I'm sure if you're like me, you have your mainstay goto brews but how do you choose something you've never brewed before?


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Old 10-28-2013, 12:59 AM   #2
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Shameless HBT brown nosing: if you root around the recipe database i find all of the descriptions of the winning recipes inspiring for my next brews. I also like the idea of choosing one or two favorite styles and dialing them in to where they are just what you want and expect. Those two things keep me busy.


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Old 10-28-2013, 12:59 AM   #3
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Well, usually it goes something like "ooo, that sounds tasty" and there it is...
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Old 10-28-2013, 01:01 AM   #4
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Because I am new, right now it pretty much follows the idea that I want to see how a certain hop tastes in a beer or I just generally love the beer.

If you're in a rut and you've been doing this for a while, I suggest a challenge of sorts or maybe focus on a certain hop and see what happens. It couldn't hurt.
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Old 10-28-2013, 01:03 AM   #5
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I haven't had that problem. There are so many different brews. I have rarely done the same style more than once in 5 brews. And there is only one that I have been working on trying to get it the way I want. It is my clone of Long Trail Brewery's Long Trail Pale Ale. I have not gotten the aroma I am looking for.

I look at recipes and when I find one that looks interesting I will use Beersmith 2 to make changes that suit my fancy.
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Old 10-28-2013, 01:09 AM   #6
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Mostly commercial inspiration. I rarely try to clone a beer but there are some commercial examples that have heavily influenced my brews. Beers like lefthand good juju ginger, or the many chocolate stouts out there.
Another inspiration is just cruising HBT with a style in mind. That's how I found EdWorts Hefe, which is delicious and I stole his hop schedule for my dunkelweizen.
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Old 10-28-2013, 01:15 AM   #7
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It's usually just what I'm in the mood for: cloning a commercial beer, experimenting with a hop or grain I haven't used before, or just whatever sounds interesting at the moment. Sometimes my wife and friends request stuff too.
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Old 10-28-2013, 01:23 AM   #8
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maybe try using a base grain you have never used before?

then plan a brew around it. use that to branch out for different malts and hops to try to expand your palate.

I have also brewed a couple famous HBT recipes.

Edworts apfewein
edworts bavarian hefeweizen
yoopers oatmeal stout
biermuncher centennial ale

to name a few

if a recipe thread has a few hundred replies or more its a safe bet to be fricken tasty.
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if a recipe thread has a few hundred replies or more its a safe bet to be fricken tasty.
good idea
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Designing Great Beers is an inspiration for me. I was never a Mild fan, but reading that book it sounded awesome. Have had a number of commercials, yet to brew one myself.


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