Looking into trying this for the first time. I have a question about the single malt portion of this concept. I am looking to do something along the lines of a standard bitter/pub ale. In the neighborhood of a Boddingtons.
However, I have two issues that I have been overcoming with malt additions lately. I have highly alkaline water and have always had an issue with head retention.
As a result, I usually cut my water with RO, make my mineral additions, but to help bring my mash pH in line, I usually compensate with 2-3 ounces of acid malt (3% or less of my total grist)
For the head retention, I usually toss in a few ounces of carapils.
If my base malt for this beer is going to be Golden Promise pale, would adding the minor amounts of acid malt and carapils technically make it "not a SMASH"?
I guess I could skip the carapils and try to compensate by bumping my mash temp a couple of degrees. For the alkalinity, although the adjustments are smaller in impact, I could really hit it with gypsum and a little bit of epsom salt or cacl. That would only serve to highlight the "minerally" profile that would work for a British style.