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Old 03-23-2007, 09:35 PM   #1
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Hey all. Im a new all grain brewer and was thinking of using a decoction mash because I love malty beer. Also I have a smaller pot and this would allow multiple rests without adding a ton of water. Anyone have experience with this and does it help flavor a lot?

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Old 03-23-2007, 10:05 PM   #2
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It depends what grain you are using. Most modern grain is very well modified, so that it has plenty of enzymes and only needs a single infusion rest. A decoction can possibly be not a good thing for these beers. Less modified and under modified malts are the ones generally used for decoctions and are probably going to come from Germany or some other place that has a tradition of decoction mashing. The only beers that I have decocted so far have been my hefeweizen. The decoction guru around here is Kaiser. Check out some of his posts and the section on decoction in the wiki.

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I did my first decoction with my last Bock. It's still lagering, so the jury's still out, but early reviews seem to indicate that it is my best Bock ever.

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Hey all. Im a new all grain brewer and was thinking of using a decoction mash because I love malty beer. Also I have a smaller pot and this would allow multiple rests without adding a ton of water. Anyone have experience with this and does it help flavor a lot?
I use them quite frequently and don't think that they make a significant difference in the maltiness of the beer. The correct grain bill seems more important.

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I beat you Kai...

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How did this thread sit for a half hour and then have three of us post a reply at the same time?

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I admit that I'm a slow typer. That's why don't do well in chats. The other may have already changed the subject by the time I get my question out.

Ed, I'm in the process of writing something about the various mash schedules on the Wiki. Including decoction mashes that minimize or even eliminate the protein rest. The latter needs to be short or skipped based on the malt's modification.

It may take me a few days though.

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I like them, but really I do them "for the hell of it". Sometimes it's useful if you run out of space in your tun, but OTOH if you're doing a single infusion it's not really necessary. I mostly use them when I'm planning an acid or protein rest and have the time.

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Cool, thanks Kai. PS youve helped me a lot with all my questions Kai cheers to you.

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Are you doing decotion mashing by heating up more water? Or by drawing off thick mash and boiling that?

I was planning on a tripple decotion by pulling thick mash twice, and thin wort the final time for mashout. This was going to be for a doppleboc.

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