From the HBD Archive
From: meyer@tcville.hac.com (Mike Meyer)
Subject: Recipes, I want recipes!
Date: 1988-11-17 18:35:36 GMT

The subject line sort of says it all. How about a mailing-list-wide
collection of favorite recipes, categorized by beer style and degree of
difficulty (all-extract/some grain/all-grain)? We could just have
contributors submit them to the digest, unless someone wants to compile
them into a collection (I'll volunteer, if people think this is a good idea).

While I don't expect it would be easy to come up with a standard format for
beer and ale recipes exchanged in this group, there are some things we should
probably keep in mind:

I think that the format of recipes used in, say, Zymurgy, leaves a bit to
be desired. Simply listing the ingredients is usually not enough, especially
when the recipe involves an ingredient or technique a less experienced brewer
is unfamiliar with, such as using Crystal Malt, etc. I'd like to see recipes
that answer the question 'How do YOU do that?' , especially when dealing with
fresh fruit, honey, hops, and grains. Everyone evolves their own techniques,
and we can all learn something at times.

In addition, a lot
of these recipes are specific about the brands of ingredients, without noting
that the particular brand is or isn't crucial. Sometimes, a product is so
distinctive that substitution shouldn't be done, for example, Munton and Fison
Old Ale Kit, or Telford's Nut Brown Ale extract, but in other cases, any ol'
Amber Hopped extract will do.

I wouldn't mind just seeing people's comments on the widely published recipes
they've used, for that matter. I'm making Toad Spit Stout right now, has any
one else had good luck with it? Any little extras or substitutions that made
a difference? This is really what people want to know when they see a recipe:
is it as good as it sounds, and how can I put my own twist on it? What
would you do diffrently next time?

There are some specific types of recipes I'm anxious to try right now:

Imperial Stout
Porter
Pale Ale
Blackberry Mead (my roommate wants to try a 1-gallon batch,
any pointers, Batte?)

I guess that's enough for now. I'll try to post a recipe or two soon.

Mike Meyer meyer@tcville.HAC.COM

(P.S.: Has anyone else noticed the increase in homebrewing question traffic
in rec.food.drink? Maybe we should submit a regular "Frequently Asked
Questions about Homebrewing" posting to the group. I'm seeing a lot of
overlap there with this list.)

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