The plans and timeframes

This coming year, I want to work on perfecting recipes. This is actually something I will work on for a year or two. I have spent the better part of the last 5 years just brewing random recipes and I think that I now have a good idea of what I like in a style and want to work on building and perfecting my recipes.

The styles I want to work on over the next couple of years are as follows:

  • Base Pale Ale/IPA
  • Base Stout
  • Base Wheat Beer
  • Base Saison

From knocking out these base recipes, I can begin to tinker with adjuncts. A base wheat ale can be the beginning of many wonderful beers that have fruit, spice or vegetables added. Saisons are another great beer to add things such as coffee, herbal teas, fresh herbs and spices. A good base plale ale can serve as the base of an IPA. Switching out the flavor grain and hops can give a great amount of variety while still maintaining a firm backbone.

I have come to realize that the great commercial brewers all start with base recipes and keep things interesting with small additions and tweaks. I don't know that I will ever be a great commercial brewer but I would like to get my recipes to a point that I can enter competitions and come away with good scores.

Jason Nelms

I am a tinkering geek with a taste for beer. I have been brewing low gravity beer in order to lower my alcohol consumption. PGP FINGERPRINT: 2E6D 22A2 687C 1E92 B60D 04A9 E34C 0452 2DF6 7A96

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