Decoction Mashing

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Decoction Mashing

Unread postby BrauTim » Fri Mar 21, 2014 11:49 pm

Does anyone draw a decoction when mashing? I'll be brewing a wheat beer next weekend and want to have a go at this technique, with a 50L mash, how many litres of wort should I pull for the decoction?

Any tips?

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RE: Decoction Mashing

Unread postby dinnerstick » Sat Mar 22, 2014 7:56 am

no tips! but a request for photos of your brew day!
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RE: Decoction Mashing

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RE: Decoction Mashing

Unread postby BrauTim » Sat Mar 22, 2014 4:23 pm



Great video, I love Brewing TV, it's given me some ideas how to do this with the BM.

dinnerstick wrote:no tips! but a request for photos of your brew day!


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RE: Decoction Mashing

Unread postby fy0d0r » Mon Mar 24, 2014 6:00 am

BrauTim wrote:Does anyone draw a decoction when mashing?


I've done it once, the process is quite straightforward: hit the pause, wait for the wort to get back from the tube, remove the top screen, pull as much as you need (depends on your recipe , I've done 5L), put the screen back, hit resume.

Once the decoction is over, hit pause again, and put your decoction back...

You should make sure that you do all that carefully to avoid the grain in the wort outside the tube and sync your rests as per your recipe)


P.S. Got too lazy to repeat it though.
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RE: Decoction Mashing

Unread postby cpa4ny » Mon Mar 24, 2014 7:57 am

Check out the recipe that Gordon Strong came up with for his award-winning hefe - or "El Hefe" is he called it that includes a single decoction:

http://wiki.homebrewersassociation.org/ElHefe

The process is described fairly well within the recipe.

As Fyodor pointed out - in a BM context decoction would mean going in and out of the manual mode a lot.
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Re: RE: Decoction Mashing

Unread postby BrauTim » Mon Mar 24, 2014 11:08 pm

cpa4ny wrote:Check out the recipe that Gordon Strong came up with for his award-winning hefe - or "El Hefe" is he called it that includes a single decoction:

http://wiki.homebrewersassociation.org/ElHefe

The process is described fairly well within the recipe.

As Fyodor pointed out - in a BM context decoction would mean going in and out of the manual mode a lot.



Great link thanks, I will try this method on the weekend. Fermenting with Safbrew WB-06.
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Re: RE: Decoction Mashing

Unread postby BrauTim » Sat Mar 29, 2014 5:48 pm

dinnerstick wrote:no tips! but a request for photos of your brew day!


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Re: Decoction Mashing

Unread postby Luis Coentrao » Tue Aug 12, 2014 12:57 am

Decoction Mashing, to be or not to be...

I've been reading some literature about this issue. Marzen, Dunkel, Bock styles.
I remain with serious doubts! Usefull?

Stating Braukaiser: "This mashing procedure originates from a time when malt quality was not consistent and temperatures could not be measured (...) Today even most European malts are generally well modified and can be used in infusion step mashes or even single infusion mashes, thus removing the need for decoction mashing (...) Many brewers believe that the boiling of the mash gives the beer a flavor profile that cannot be achieved otherwise (...) But in the end every brewer has to determine that for him or herself"

Have you ever try it? Recommend?

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Re: Decoction Mashing

Unread postby Elderberry » Thu Aug 14, 2014 8:18 am

Luis Coentrao wrote:Decoction Mashing, to be or not to be...

I've been reading some literature about this issue. Marzen, Dunkel, Bock styles.
I remain with serious doubts! Usefull?

Stating Braukaiser: "This mashing procedure originates from a time when malt quality was not consistent and temperatures could not be measured (...) Today even most European malts are generally well modified and can be used in infusion step mashes or even single infusion mashes, thus removing the need for decoction mashing (...) Many brewers believe that the boiling of the mash gives the beer a flavor profile that cannot be achieved otherwise (...) But in the end every brewer has to determine that for him or herself"

Have you ever try it? Recommend?

:cheers:


I've done it (pre-Braumeister). The beer turned out good, but I can't say it turned out better than it would have if I didn't do it. If you're doing a multi-step mash on a "normal" homebrew setup, I'd say give it a try. But, with a Braumeister, I don't think it's worth the extra effort. That said, I'm willing to have my mind changed.
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