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Old 07-20-2008, 02:26 AM   #1
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Decoction pays off... it's delicious!... Soooo malty. (Woops, got a little yeast in there from the bottle, but it's clear as day.)

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Old 07-20-2008, 04:15 AM   #2
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Very nice looking Brew. All of a sudden, I'm very thirsty.

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Old 07-20-2008, 06:43 AM   #3
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Decoction pays off... it's delicious!... Soooo malty. (Woops, got a little yeast in there from the bottle, but it's clear as day.)
Great looking Helles one of my favorites! I find using real german grain is more important than a decotion brew. A step infusion with good german grain always works best for me.
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Old 07-20-2008, 10:28 AM   #4
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Wow, that's one hell of a good looking brew!!
And a very nice head. But why is it served warm?

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I find using real german grain is more important than a decotion brew. A step infusion with good german grain always works best for me.
I use Best Malz and do a single decoction with a Protein/Saccharification rest in the low 130s and a dextrin rest in the mid 150s. The Best Malz Pilsen malt I have is pretty well modified with an SNR of 41.4, so a straight Protein rest would just reduce head formation/retention. I've done step infusions before on Helles and, while they were good, they seemed to be lacking the fresh malty/graininess I get from the decoction. I've also used Belgian Pilsner malt before and you're right about the German malt. The Belgian Pilsner malt lacks that certain little something.

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But why is it served warm?
Warm?! That's served in the mid to upper 40s. That's the serving temp recommended by Horst Dornbusch in his Bavarian Helles book.
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Old 07-20-2008, 05:44 PM   #6
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Nice guitar! Looks a bit dusty though, how can you have a Les Paul just sitting around like that?

Oh yeah great beer as well.

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Old 07-20-2008, 06:10 PM   #7
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Nice guitar! Looks a bit dusty though, how can you have a Les Paul just sitting around like that?

Oh yeah great beer as well.
Yeah, haven't picked it up in a while. It sounds great with the AC30 the beer is sitting on.
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