For those of you that like to tweak and come up with your own recipes, how does your thought process work and what references do you utilize in finding a base recipe to work from?
Myself, I usually look at the BJCP style description, then I go to BCS and to Northern Brewer's recipes, and work from there. I'll also check Designing Great Beers if the style is covered, although I can tell the info is somewhat dated as far as the types of specialty malts involved. And lets face it, in a lot of cases the specialty malts make the difference. I'll brew the beer and evaluate it, then consider changes at that point. I've just started entering a few beers in comps, and these evaluations also help.
So how do you experts develop these excellent recipes I'm drinking at the competitions? I'm sure a good brew club comes into play for some.