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Old 05-08-2007, 10:35 PM   #1
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Default Do i HAVE to do a decoction mash for this hefe?

or can i do a single infusion at about 153? Im using a 5 gallon cooler for MLT and was not planning on decoction. Should i use an american wheat malt instead?

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7.50 lb Wheat Malt, Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 69.8 %
3.25 lb Pilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 30.2 %
1.00 oz Hallertauer [6.00%] (45 min) Hops 19.2 IBU
1 Pkgs Hefeweizen Ale (White Labs #WLP300) Yeast-Wheat

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Old 05-09-2007, 01:32 AM   #2
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You can do a single infusion, but wheat beers definately benefit from a protein rest. Whether you use decoction, infusion, or direct heat for the temp step shouldn't matter that much.

If you're leary of the multi-rest mashes, stick to the single infusion for this one and see how it turns out. If it lacks something in the end you can be a little more daring the next time.

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Old 05-09-2007, 01:37 AM   #3
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My last hefe was a single infusion and it turned out great. That said I'm going to start doing a decoction so I can do a protein rest as mentioned without changing the water to grain ratio. It's definitely not necessary though, go with whatever works best for you.

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Old 05-09-2007, 01:43 AM   #4
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Get a 10 gallon cooler and do multi step INFUSIONS if you like... that is what I do. Some people say that thin mashes do not convert well, but I average 79% eff. SOOOOO, maybe they are wrong?! Calculating water temps and quantities is pretty easy.

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I've done step infusions and I agree they're very easy. I use promash to calculate the values for me, definitely takes the work out of it. Decoction is supposed to do other things for you besides increase temperature though which is why I'm interested in trying it.

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I am making my first Lager in a cpl weeks and using my new 10 gallon coolers equipped with through the wall therms to monitor the mash and my new $10 keggle!

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$10 keggle? No fair!

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Life isnt fair, and trust me, I get screwed plenty... I deserve the keggle!

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decoctions are easy, im on my second one first was an SN Pale ale clone and i did an IPA today next on my list is another pilsner im going to use a triple decoction the first one was a single mashed in at 122. my IPA was a double Mashed in at around 130 brought it to 150 for starch conv, them mashed out at around 170. no idea what my efficeny was but hit my OG

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I'm looking forward to trying a decoction. I'm just doing a single to start, protein rest up to conversion and then infusion for mash out. I love adding procedures to brew day, makes it more fun!

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