What is a good experimentation size?
I have about a dozen partial boils under my belt starting with extract with steeping grains and moving onto partial mashes. Spent much of that time getting familiar with the equipment, mashing, kegging, water chemistry, styles, etc. Before I go all grain and upgrade equipment for full mashes and boils, I thought I would try an experimentation phase where I create my own recipes, learing more about yeast, grains and adjuncts. Creating and turning over batches much more frequently.
With this in mind does anyone have any recommendations on a good batch size to work with? Is there common ground where smaller equipment drives the batch size? What can I logistical still use (have 5 gal cornies, 5 gal carboy, 6.5 carboy)? What should I get for an experimentation batch size? I will probably just bottle if its real small (less than 2 gallons).
I am sure its all scalable but just want to hear other experiences. Your feedback is appreciated.