TheJadedDog said:Get the book Designing Great Beers; it is a must have resource when developing your own recipes.
My typical approach is to read the relevant section in that book, then check the recipe database for inspiration. Once I have something I think looks good I make it and begin the process of tweaking it over the course of several brews until it is just how I want it.
Evan! said:My process typically goes a little something like this:
- Check BJCP guidelines for my style, just so I know what I'm shooting for, generally speaking.
- Check 'Designing Great Beers' to see if Daniels has any info on that style---many times he does not, especially when it comes to anything Belgian.
- Check CJOH and the BYO Clones article for guidance. I never copy a recipe directly, but I do use them to get a general idea of some good grains and hops to use, and in what proportions.
- Plug everything into ProMash, adjust it based on what I have in inventory, and tweak the recipe to fit the BJCP guidelines.
- Post the recipe to HBT and ask for critiques.
- Adjust recipe based on HBT comments.
- Print, Brew.