When creating anything edible, there are recipes that should be followed. When you first started cooking you didn’t just start throwing ingredients together and hoped that they’d good, you followed the steps that someone else, with more experience, laid out. as you became more experienced in the kitchen, you started adding you own spices and flavors to make unique dishes that you love.
Brewing beer is no different. Following beer recipes is the first step toward creating a beer that is uniquely yours.
As I’ve mentioned before, and as you may already know, there are many different types of beers that can be made. There are Lagers, Porters, Stouts, IPAs, and many more. In addition to all of these types of beer, there are ways to change up the flavor of the beers, which makes an almost endless amount of brews that can be created.
If your heart desires, you can create anything from a chocolate beer to a bacon beer. Many of these beer recipes are just as easy as the brewing process itself, with just an added step or two to infuse the additional flavors into the beer.
The main ingredients of malt, hops, and yeast are definitely important, but you can add many other things at different times during your brew to change up the flavor. Spices and fruits, among other things, can be added during the brewing process to make very unique and complex flavors.
Adding things to your beer isn’t the only way to change up the flavors. The types of malt and hops you use, and how you prepare the ingredients, will also change not only the flavors, but the types of beer that you make.
As a new brewer, following a recipe will be the best way to unlock many of the different flavors and types of beer that can be made. The recipe will walk you, step-by-step, through the process of making a nice amber ale, or oatmeal stout etc. It may not be a beer 100% unique to you, but it’ll still be a great beer.
Once you become better at brewing your own beer, the beer recipes may not be as necessary. You’ll already have the framework for how to brew your beer, and how to add additional ingredients, so you might want to take things into your own hands. You can still follow a recipe, but putting your own twist on the recipe will make a beer that you know you’ll enjoy.
There are many resources out there where you can find some great beer recipes. You can find books or videos that will help you along, or if you have a friend who is also a brewer you can work together and share each others recipes and ideas.
There is almost an infinite number of beer recipes out there waiting for you to give them a try. As you continue to brew each of them, you’ll gain a better understanding of your favorite types of beers and also beers you aren’t as fond of. You’ll also learn, fairly quickly, what new things you can add to your beer to add your own flair and make it the perfect beer for you.
One of the best resources that I’ve found for recipes is a book titled, simply, The Beer Brewing Book. Not only does this book contain a bunch of recipes (over 1000) but it also is a guideline for brewing in general. Click Here to read my review of the book!
I continue to wish you all luck with all of your beer making goals, and feel free to leave a comment if you’ve got any questions or just want to share a success story!