Was reading through a new book on brewing, "The Secrets of Master Brewers" by Jeff Alworth, when an idea for a project hit me: I want to brew a Helles, basically a German lager SMASH of base malt and Hallertau hops, with every base malt my LHBS can get their hands on. Since I'll be doing mostly nothing but Helles, I'll be doing 2.5 gallon batches, the stupid-simple recipe is 4.25 pounds of base malt, 0.25 pounds of acidulated malt, 0.25 ounces Hallertau (4% AA) at 90 minutes, 45 minutes and 10 minutes, boil 120 minutes. Yes, I intend to brew a Helles with Maris Otter. And Avangard Pils (one of my favorites), maybe even Munich and Vienna, since both will self convert. I can brew basically anything I want. This is to take my brewing a step farther through gaining a thorough knowledge of base malts and their contribution to the beer. By reducing everything to as simple as possible, I think I'll learn the characteristics of the malt and be able to select the exact base for the beer I want to brew. Thoughts?