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Old 12-01-2012, 02:15 PM   #1
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Default Well this isn't working.....Decoction UGH!!

My first decoction and I haven't hit one temp..Every temp has been way too low..I don't have direct fire for my mash tun. That was the first problem. I'm starting my second decoction and at boil stage.. I guess I should've mashed it at 153 for 90 minutes instead. I'm going out to buy a bayou classic kettle today... I'm gonna take a preboil gravity reading to see where I'm at..I need a beer.

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Old 12-01-2012, 02:42 PM   #2
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That's a good idea. Beer always helps.

If you want some help critiquing why you had issues later, we can help you with that so the next decoction day goes more smoothly. Unless you don't have another decoction day, that is.
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That's a good idea. Beer always helps.

If you want some help critiquing why you had issues later, we can help you with that so the next decoction day goes more smoothly. Unless you don't have another decoction day, that is.
Thanks Yooper, but I'm not sure what I gonna do..I don't think I had much conversion. I also had my first stuck sparge...WTF!! Thank goodness I have two fresh kegs on tap, I'm gonna need them..
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Thanks Yooper, but I'm not sure what I gonna do..I don't think I had much conversion. I also had my first stuck sparge...WTF!!
You probably got conversion in the mash, so don't worry too much about that. If you just soldier on, you can at least consider this a learning experience in the end if nothing else.
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It looks like beer....lol! I feel like a newbie...

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Oh, that happens to me all the time! Just when I feel comfortable, something new comes along and makes me feel like it's my first brewday ever.

I'll be doing a decoction on my next beer, and while I feel pretty comfortable with my process in a 5 gallon batch, there will probably still be a few surprises!
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My preboil gravity is about 1.020..Not good. Should I scrap it or keep going?? I've never dumped a beer..

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Geez, really? I guess you were right about no conversion. I'd check it again, to make absolutely sure (not that I don't trust you!) and make sure it's a good sample. Or even two out of three. Because I'd hate to think about scrapping it.

If it's 1.020, even if you boiled it WAY down, you might only get 1.035.
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Geez, really? I guess you were right about no conversion. I'd check it again, to make absolutely sure (not that I don't trust you!) and make sure it's a good sample. Or even two out of three. Because I'd hate to think about scrapping it.

If it's 1.020, even if you boiled it WAY down, you might only get 1.035.
yeah I'm up a little to 1.026. That's about it..What'd ya think?? I'd hate to waste a good yeast starter and some hops...
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How low were you for temps? My last decoction mash I undershot by I think ten degrees after adding back the first decoction. Not sure if this is the right route to go or not but I just drained off some wort, heated it up and added it back. Seemed to work. On the next decoction I pulled more than I thought I would need and hit my temp.

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