My problem is that I am not a recipe person. I'd prefer to make one up and take the bad with the good and be pleasantly surprised by my successes like I was with this one.
The only problem with that approach is that if you hit gold, you never know exactly how to recreate your recipe. I hope that you keep notes as you go along!
I keep pretty exacting notes to the gram and to the minute for everything I do (as well as after pitching and tasting notes). I've done this brew several times now and tweaked one thing or another (tried a different hops or a slight modification of the grain bill) but each time the base is pretty much the same so I can ascertain what the small differences are.
When I mentioned not following recipes, I was referring more to following others recipes. I've brewed this Amber about 5 times now and I'd say each was pretty close the the previous but unfortunately, the prior batch is always gone so I have nothing to compare to
. For the one-off brews, I keep the same notes just so that I can try to do it again if I hit on something I like as I did here.