« on: July 16, 2012, 10:34:36 AM »
This is nothing new, it is very imaginative, creative and FUN to put together a dream beer in your head, combining all sorts of exotic malts, hops and adjuncts/spices. Most brewers start out convinced they are going to create some new kind of ultimate/exotic beer because they are just that much smarter than every other homebrewer that has ever existed. I’m not trying to drag Jamil and Ray Daniels names through the mud, but their popular recipe book indirectly encourages busy/muddled recipe formulation.
Once you get some experience and learn a thing or two, you realize that sort of thinking is utter nonsense and is not a path to consistently brewing excellent/outstanding beer. My recipes are very basic, and I stick to very consistent brewing processes. I certainly haven’t heard any feedback from anyone saying my beers are boring, usually quite the opposite. I don’t compete as much as I used to, but my beers still do well in comps, and also hold up very well when I include them in commercial tasting events.
I haven’t brewed a lager in about 4 years, even though I love them. I love english bitters too, but haven't attempted one in 5 years or more. I’m primarily focused on American ales, and I make annual batches of Belgian tripel, dark strong and Flanders Red. Maybe once I feel like I have mastered these styles I’ll be ready to try something else. I use local 2-row as the base malt for all my beers, and US-05 for everything except the Belgians. I always look to Orval as my ultimate inspriation – an incredible beer from a very basic recipe, been made that way for years, and they only produce one beer in large quantities.