« on: October 20, 2015, 09:02:20 AM »
I might be crazy, but... it's a goal of mine to eventually brew every style and see what I'm good at and what works with my water and my process. I've already narrowed things down to my Top 15 that I like the best AND that score well in competitions -- these I consider to be my "flagships" that I will continue to brew occasionally forever. Interesting coincidences out of my Top 15 beers I have ever made:
6 of 15 are very simple blonde color ales or lagers! This seems to be too many to be just a coincidence.
5 of 15 are German styles.
4 of 15 are Belgians
3 of 15 have somewhat unusual ingredients (gruit herbs, jalapenos, smoked malt, etc.)
Only 2 of 15 are recipes from someone else with few or zero modifications, the other 13 are totally original.
What styles might be most worthy of checking out if you haven't considered them already? My own humble opinions:
Rye Anything (try using >40% rye malt in any style!)
Traditional Cider (no added sugars or spices)
Traditional Mead (no added sugars or spices)
As you can see, I'm a bit of a malthead (opposite of hophead). I also tend to be more traditional and purist, excepting mainly the jalpeno porter. The porter is great on its own, but the jalapeno just makes it go BOOM! I like to split batches very often as well, and experiment with slightly different ingredients in each. Try that, it's very educational. Even something as simple as two or three different yeasts can be very eye-opening.