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Single Infusion Mashing 38 86.36%
Step Mashing 11 25.00%
Decoction Mashing 2 4.55%
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Old 03-29-2007, 09:33 PM   #1
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So I was wondering what you ALL all-grain guys use for your mashes. I'm partial mashing in a cooler (due to my current lack of space) and then extract/boiling. My mash is single infusion and I've been noticing my beers have a bit more residual sweetness and chill haze than I would like. I'm moving to all-grain this summer and want to see if switching to Step-mashing is the prefered method.


What do you guys use? What do you recommend?
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Old 03-29-2007, 09:34 PM   #2
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So I was wondering what you ALL all-grain guys use for your mashes. I'm partial mashing in a cooler (due to my current lack of space) and then extract/boiling. My mash is single infusion and I've been noticing my beers have a bit more residual sweetness and chill haze than I would like. I'm moving to all-grain this summer and want to see if switching to Step-mashing is the prefered method.


What do you guys use? What do you recommend?
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Old 03-29-2007, 10:23 PM   #4
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I've only done single infusion so far, but will do a step on my first wheat attempt and a decoction before the spring is over.
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Old 03-29-2007, 10:30 PM   #5
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Decoction. It's the only way to fly.

Care to explain why, Cheese? Just so I'm sure that you're not post whoring or trying to stir things up.


I've done all three methods and for simplicity, you can't beat single infusion. That being said, I'll probably decoct again at some point, but only as a method of step mashing. According to Dude, this is not decocting at all but some other form of brewing which does not require one to eat crow-pie while doing so.
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Old 03-29-2007, 10:33 PM   #6
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Depends what I'm brewing. I'll do a step, or more likely, a decoction, with a Bock or Oktoberfest, but I'll do single infusion with a Brown ale or American Amber.
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I use them all. So far I've actually accomplished single infusion and step mashes, but a decoction recipe is in the works.

I think they all have merit, it just depends on the type of malt you use, the style you're after, and the capabilities of your equipment.
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It depends on the style and the ingredients. If you were doing an APA I'd say single infusion. If you were doing a wheat beer, maybe step. If you're trying to do a German Bock with undermodified malt, decoct it.
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If you are going all grain it is time to realize that there are different methods that work best for different beers (except for post whores). I rarely use anything except single infusions, because I don't make the styles that would benefit from other methods. I will probably never make a wheat, just as I'm not likely to make a Belgian.
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I only do PM so a single is all I need ( if I don;t screw that up) I could see where step mashing would be good.... depending if you want to "rest" for any
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