Walked into the LHBS today, no recipe in hand, two guys in front of me, one with a paper recipe and one with a tablet (electronic recipe).
While waiting for them to weigh and grind their grains, one of them asked what I was brewing.
I said that lately I’ve just been formulating my recipes in my head when I get to the LHBS depending on what they have in stock. Not sure he was believing that I could do that and make a good recipe at the same time (As I stood their taking stock of the grains/yeast/hops they had on hand).
I’ve pretty much been doing that for several years. Every now and then I’ll sit at my computer and use brewing recipe software, but most of the time it’s just the ole noggin.
When I get home, I’ll write the recipe down in my brew log and, after brewing and tasting it, I’ll refine it if necessary. Generally speaking, I really enjoy the beers I come up with.
Anyone else do something like this?
What does your brewing software add to your recipe formulation that you can’t generalize or formulate in your head?