Like most great recipes, the best beer recipes are the ones that have been passed down for ages and honed to perfection. Once you have a homebrew beer recipe you love, it will be tempting to make it over and over again. But, like your favourite prepared meal, having the same thing too often means you will eventually get bored with it.
When you’re ready to branch out, it’s time to learn how to find the best beer recipes. You can start with trying out award-winning beer recipes, but be sure to keep these things in mind.
Start with the Style You Like Best
Beer is every bit as region-specific as the foods of various cultures. Those who love the Pale Lagers and Witbiers of Central and Northern Europe will be suitably unimpressed by the odd, malty sweetness of a Baltic Stout. Nobody is right or wrong about their feelings on the matter, there’s just a different lid for every pot.
To avoid disappointment, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with various types of beer and start your recipe experimentation within the same general region.
Make it Until It’s Second Nature
We’ve all seen expert home cooks who can whip up a favourite dish with nary a cookbook or measuring cup in sight. How do they do that? PRACTICE! By the time you see a chef, or a brewmaster, whipping something up by eyeballing the proportions, they’ve probably done it at least a few dozen times.
When you find a beer recipe you like, make it a few times to get comfortable with it. Make notes on things like the temperature the beer was stored at during the fermentation phase to help you really get to know your beer.
Tweak the Recipe Until it’s Your Own
ingredients to make it your very own. Use different hops varietals to see how it changes the flavour. Keep a few bottles and see how they taste when they’ve had a chance to age. Above all else, keep detailed notes so when you stumble upon something you really like, you can make it again!
Any great chef will tell you the best results come from the best ingredients. Lucky for you, you can start with fresh hops grown right here in Canada to get the most out of your adventures in home brewing!