Originally Posted by tennesseean_87
Why not make a warrior/2-row smash, then split it up into different fermenters and steep and boil the specialty grains in smaller pots then add each on to the various fermenters for your test. I guess it depends on if the grain needs to be mashed, but that should work and make the whole process a lot easier.
That's a thought. It certainly would make the most consistent base beer across the board. It would also give me a control batch. Thanks for the suggestion.
I will say this and it's almost along those same lines. If I save bottles from each of the batches until they are all done, I can mix various amounts of each to see how they play with each other. The rub though, is that combined mashed and boiled together, I feel like they would come out different than mixed later. We'll see.
This is off the main subject but any thoughts on force carbing single gallon batches? I'd hate to waste so much co2 by doing it in a full 5gal keg but I also really dislike bottle carbing. I've been bitten by several full batches that didn't carbonate correctly in bottles and I need to eliminate as much possible error as possible.
Edit: You know, you'd really only have to steep each one for 20 minutes or so and boil for 15. Without the worry of hops utilization a full hour boil would be unnecessary and realistically any starch conversion from the grains will happen pretty quick. Full smash and 5 mini mashes it is.