Originally Posted by william_shakes_beer
I am planning a smash schedule this winter. What container do you use as a fermenter if you want to do 5x1 gallon hops comparison?
Gallon wine jugs work well, although I guess you can only fill them about 3/4. You can buy them full if you enjoy cheap wine or empty if you don't. The empties cost about half as much as the full, so you can see how expensive the wine really is. I brew 2 gallon batches in my 6-gallon buckets with no problem, but I doubt you have 5 of those laying around.
If you don't want to brew 5 separate batches, you can brew 1 batch, bittered with whatever, and add the flavor hops at flameout after you separate the batch 5 ways. Of course, you wouldn't want to pour 200F wort into glass, so you'd have to have 4 additional 1-gallon pots.