Originally Posted by Wheatmeister
One question, at the end you suggested to possibly add 4oz of melanoidin malt to simulate a decoction mash. what is the benefit a decoction mash? I am not familiar..
In short, you get a unique malty/bready character. A decoction is removing a portion of the mash, boiling it, and adding it back in to raise the main mash temp. The boiling increases Maillard reactions (which create melanoidins) to give it that unique character. It's very easy to do, just takes more time. Adding 2-3% of melanoidin malt creates a reasonable facsimile with a single infusion mash.
Here's some great info on decoction mashing: