There are many ways you can contribute to Emperial Brewing. The best way to contribute is to brew one of Emperial Brewing’s beers and drink it with your friends. In addition, simply being part of the community and participating in conversations on /r/emperialbrewing is immensely helpful. Emperial Brewing is not just a blog, and it is not just a recipe sharing website—it is an open, distributed brewing community. For that to work, we need you.
Beyond that, individuals of almost any skill level have the ability to contribute directly to some part of the project (whether that be in recipe formulation, or packaging). This can be done on /r/emperialbrewing. The rest of this page is devoted to discussing how best to contribute in that way.
There are a few simple expectations of individuals who wish to contribute by participating in recipe formulation:
- That they have respect for their fellow brewers, and an understanding that this is a community, and no one individual holds all the power.
- That they have brewed the recipe in question. Very few people are able to tell what a beer will taste like solely from glancing at the recipe. Ideas for changes carry a lot more weight when you’ve brewed the beer and tasted it.
- That they have followed the recipe as closely as possible. With careful brewing, variations can be minimized and we can be reasonably sure we’re addressing issues with the recipes themselves rather than the individual quirks of particular brewing setups.
- That they understand the extract recipes are based off of all-grain recipes, and that the all-grain recipes are the driving force of change in the extract recipes.*
- That they have patience. “Compiling” (brewing) and “testing” (drinking) a recipe from this website takes at least six weeks. This means that things are not likely to change overnight.**
There are a few simple expectations of individuals who wish to contribute by participating in packaging design:
- That they have respect for their fellow designers, and an understanding that this is a community, and no one individual holds all the power.
- That they have a basic understanding of design.
- That they have a grasp of the general design feel of Emperial Brewing (one color labels, consistency).***
- That they have patience. All design work is done in the free time of individuals involved, and things are not likely to change overnight.
*This doesn’t mean extract brewers should feel discouraged from contributing to recipe formulation, only that the extract recipes are based off of the all-grain recipes, and changes, where needed, will be made to the all-grain recipes before being made to the extract recipes. That is unless the extract recipe does not approximate the all-grain recipe. In which case, the extract recipe will be adjusted accordingly.
**Individuals are always free to “fork” the main project and change beers significantly to meet their own desires. If the result is good beer, it has a chance of being incorporated into the project down the line, but the focus is on brewing together. If you have an idea for a new beer, or a variation on a current one, bring it up on the Emperial Brewing subreddit and see if others would be interested in working with you.
***Individuals are encouraged to create labels that match their own desires/design sense. However, if this does not conform to the general design feel of Emperial Brewing, they will be considered variations, or “forked” from the main project.