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Creating Your Own Recipes - How Is It Done?

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How To Use This Site

Equipment You Will Need

DIY Corner

Materials You Will Need

Water Treatment

A Walk Through A Brew

A Few Recipes

Creating Your Own Recipes:

How Is It Done?

The Importance of Keeping Notes





A Walk Through Creating An Original Recipe

Danger - Quicksand!

Frequently Asked Questions

Links and Further Reading

What Is Sensible Mole?

Contact The Head Brewer


Don’t panic, it’s easy, and it’s great fun drinking a superb ale that you know no one else in the entire world has ever tasted...


It’s important to be aware that, as a beer drinker, you have already spent years doing the groundwork in the sense that you know what you like in, for example, a bitter. Unknowingly, you’re already an expert!


  There are three main things to consider when designing a recipe;


  • pick the right amounts and types of malt and adjuncts to use - these affect the strength of the beer, and to some extent the flavour, and the colour (but let’s not worry about the colour of the beer at this early stage - I mean, who cares what it looks like as long as it’s brilliantly clear and tastes great?) Read, by clicking on the links, everything you need to know at this stage about malt and adjuncts ...

  • pick an acceptable range and amounts of hops (beers with two or three or more different types of hop are almost always more complex and interesting than those using a single type). These affect the bitterness and flavour and aroma. Some brewers don’t give two hoots about whether their beer has an aroma, to other brewers it’s vitally important. There’s no right or wrong, it’s entirely up to you. Read everything you need to know at this stage about hops by clicking here...

  • pick an acceptable type of yeast to use. There are very many different types of bitter yeast you can use and they all claim to bring certain characteristics to the brew. Read everything you need to know at this stage about yeast by clicking here...

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This might surprise you but a wise investment at this stage would be an A4 pad and a folder or binder to put your pages in. On the next page we see how vital note taking will be to your future brewing success...

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