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Old 08-11-2008, 07:07 PM   #1
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I do a partial mash with 6 lb of grain supplemented with 3 lb of dme.
I am considering doing a decoction and wondering if it would make a noticable difference with a partial mash The instructions I have say to pull 40% of the grain for the decoction.

Do you think it'll be worth the extra effort? I' making an octoberfest.

 
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Old 08-11-2008, 07:25 PM   #2
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I'm sure Kaiser will chime in with a more informed opinion, but if it were me I'm not sure I'd bother with it for such a small quantity of grain. On the other hand I find decoction mashing fun so I might be inclined to do it just for that reason.

In terms of flavour though I don't think you'll notice any difference.
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Hmm, if you really want to do it (heck, why not?) you could pull all of the grain leaving just the thin mash. Since you'd be pulling "too much", you'd need to cool a lot of it before returning it to the main mash. But it seems like it would work, and that way you would get the melanoidins you are looking for.
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Hmm, if you really want to do it (heck, why not?) you could pull all of the grain leaving just the thin mash. Since you'd be pulling "too much", you'd need to cool a lot of it before returning it to the main mash. But it seems like it would work, and that way you would get the melanoidins you are looking for.
Ya that would work but you'd still need some of the thin mash so you can convert the grains in the 'mini rest' during the decoction. Either way it would be a fun exercise though!

If you haven't seen it yet Cos, check out Kaiser's decoction video thread. It's a fantastic resource!
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