So I’m not a new brewer, just new to recipe design. I’ve been brewing for a few years now, the last few brews I have experimented with the recipe given to me though. One turned out wonderful, the other turned out “meh but ok”.
The good one, I added a lot of different things, from dry hopped items, used different hops than the recipe called for (but still used a hop known to work for that style of beer), boil addictions. Tried to change the mouth feel, enhanced some flavors, Increased abv. But I never changed the yeast.
The lower quality one, I chose a yeast strain that gives off fruity flavors and aromas, but kept the grains and hops to be a Belgian golden. So I didn’t change the recipe, just changed the yeast. Granted, I had a more difficult time while brewing this one so there could be lots to blame the outcome on.
Regardless, I haven’t strayed too far from what is considered a known thing. If I’m making a stout, I use hops and yeast that works with a stout, etc. When I ventured into “how do I want this to taste” rather than “what works well with this style”, it went awry. I tried to plan for fruit flavors being added later, when maybe I should have planned for making a better base and then worried about flavors later?