After some discussions with Tom, the two of us though it would be rewarding and enjoyable to setup a project to explore flavor combinations and recipe formulation. By walking through the steps of building a recipe – conceptualization, initial brewing attempt, tasting and revising, rebrewing, etc – it would serve as a great tool to refine our own perception of beer and what ingredients contribute to what flavors. Additionally, it presents another facet of brewing that the two of us could explore together through this blog – a core goal we established from the very beginning. Furthermore, if through this exploration we can generate information or inspiration for anyone who reads through our ramblings, it would be a welcomed bonus.
Recipe Formulation Project Ground Rules
- Each participant is allotted three random ingredients from the list below. Two of the three ingredients have to be used somewhere in the brewing recipe (i.e. one may be dropped). Other ingredients may be used at the discretion of the participant.
- Each participant has to commit to brewing the recipe at least twice, which allows for sensory analysis and revision of the recipe.
- Each participant must get feedback from other individuals (including other participants) when evaluating a particular iteration of the beer.
- Each participant must be willing to write about each step of the experience (both the good and the bad) as a means of disseminating the information to anyone else who is interested.
Pool of Brewing Ingredients (randomly select 3; may drop one)
- Smoked Malt
- Extra Special Malt
- Rye Malt
- Oat Malt
- Flaked Oats
- Flaked Rye
- Honey Malt
- Acidulated Malt
- Caramel Wheat
- Chocolate Rye Malt
- Belgian Candi Sugar
- Brown Sugar
- Orange Peel
- Coco Nibs
- Oak Chips / Cubes
- Fruit Puree / Juice
- Coffee / Espresso
Assignment of Brewing Ingredients
|Tom's Selections:||Jeff's Selections:|
As this project progresses and the positives and negatives are reported back, it is our desire to present the information in an easily references format. To keep things consistent and easy to navigate, we will use the same reference footer with links at the bottom of each post for the project. In the beginning, when the links are disabled, the footer will act as an outline of what is to come. As more and more components are posted and we are able to provide links between components, the footer will act as a navigation tool to assist getting at the information of interest.
Recipe Formulation Project - Reference Guide
|Tom's Recipe:||Jeff's Recipe:|
The more interactive we can make this project, the more I believe we are going to get out of it. Tom and I are already planning to ship samples of each iteration to one another for ‘virtual’ tastings together (over the phone) to discuss what we have and how to refine it for the next brewing.
That being said, I'll throw the gauntlet out there and state in any if anyone else who reads this blog has the desire to participate, please do so. Just follow the guidelines above, randomly select your ingredients, and let us know how the recipe progresses. You can even use a random ingredients generator a reader wrote for us - thanks Josh! We'd love to keep tabs on anyone's thoughts, questions, or suggestions for the recipes, beers, concepts, or the project as a whole. So please do not hesitate to voice your thoughts either here as a comment or by shooting us an email. Input from those following this blog is one of the most rewarding features we get.
"Anyone can drink beer, but it takes intelligence to enjoy beer."