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Old 04-07-2007, 04:16 PM   #1
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Default Decoction Mash for an ALE!?!

Has anyone ever done a decoction mash for an ale?

Maybe for an old ale or I could see myself one day trying it for my Oktoberfest I ferment with Wyeast 1338.

Or would it be a complete waste of time because the ale yeast characteristics 'cover up' much of the benefit?

Since I only PM, I don't see a decoction being worth my time, but eventually when I decide to go all-grain, it's something I'll probably want to try.


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Old 04-07-2007, 04:39 PM   #2
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Hefeweizens are traditionally decocted. I'm not sure about alts.


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Old 04-08-2007, 09:02 PM   #3
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Alts and Kolsch are also traditionally decocted. I don't think it matters what yeast, it matters what malt you brew with.
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I decocted with an Altbier. The maltiness was really tasty and still present despite over attenuation.

I plan on decocting the Dunkelweizen I'd like to brew this weekend.

Would be interesting to decoct a barleywine...
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Old 04-22-2010, 03:49 AM   #5
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I've done a decoction on a Golden Strong Ale. I can't say if it had a big impact on the beer, but it was a fun process to try.
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Before I went back to school, I did decoction mashes for all of my beers (hefeweizen, summer ale, porter, etc.) just because I enjoy the process. No idea how much effect it had, if any, but I had more fun... which is why I homebrew.
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Old 04-22-2010, 06:00 PM   #7
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Done it. Loved it.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f70/bell...n-clone-31422/
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I did one for http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f36/seas...recipe-147996/

It was a lot of fun, but I did not enjoy the result (I blame the yeast, though, not the mash). I will probably try again with the same recipe, tweaked, this year. I'd suggest using a mild yeast.
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I decocted a dunkelwezen yesterday, took most of the day. It's a lot more work but my personal experience is it's worth the extra effort for a weizen beer (I also decocted my Roggen.) I decocted a BGS once and think it was a total waste of time.


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