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Old 04-20-2005, 08:22 PM   #1
Apr 2005
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I won't be trying this too soon since I'm a complete amateur, but I'm very curious. Buying a mix and brewing it is great and all, but how do you actually create a recipe? Where can I find information on how much of what would be good together to create certain types of beers that I can call my own? Recommended books? Websites?


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Old 04-20-2005, 08:51 PM   #2
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Feb 2005
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I think you first have to have a better understanding of what each ingredient does for you before you start formulating recipes. This knowledge will come with experience (and asking others), so start brewing other recipes you think you would like.

Now, that's just a generalization so don't anyone start flaming.

After your brews are ready you need to decide for yourself what you did and did not like about it. With knowledge of your ingredients you can tweak it to your tastes.

There are plenty of books (Borders usually has a large HB selection) on clone beers that are informative, and there's a million recipes on the net.

Gook luck.
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Old 04-21-2005, 01:15 AM   #3
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Just to piggyback a bit...I was in the same boat as you not too long ago and I'm just starting to figure out how to make what I like. I actually only did one kit beer but I've done quite a few borrowed recipes from the web and I'd add more/less of one thing or another to tweak the taste to my liking. I've made a few of my own creations but it's basically taking what you like from your previous attempts and putting them together. Partial mash brewing is your friend, the possibilities are almost endless.

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Old 04-21-2005, 01:48 AM   #4
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I checked out a great book at the local library, Designing Great Beer by Ray Daniels. It was very interesting to me, an all grain brewer. I can't remember if it really deals with extract/partial mashes.
Another great resource is Zymurgy. It's a really good magazine. Six issues annually, under $40, recipe packed pages. Many, if not most, articles have something to do with the effects of certain ingredients on recipes. Most beers have recipes for both all grain and extract brewers.
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Old 04-21-2005, 03:40 PM   #5
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For recipe design, I also recommend Designing Great Beers...very in depth.

By far the easiest way to design recipes, extract or AG, is to get some software like ProMash. It will help you get the color, bitterness and gravity right within the style guidelines. There are still a lot of variables, but if you nail those 3 things, you'll usually make drinkable beer. Cheers!
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Old 04-29-2005, 04:24 AM   #6
Ken Doggett
Apr 2005
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I have both sets of software and I think I like Pro Mash best, although I find Beer Smith very easy to use. Either will help you design better beers that will stay within the category styles you are trying to achieve. Both allow you to use literally hundreds of combinations of grains and other ingredients. Keep your records - you may find you have developed a new beer through personal experimentation that is awesome. The software has made brewing even more enjoyable.
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