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Brews & Views Bulletin Board Service * Brews and Views Archive 2003 * October 10, 2003 * Secondary Fermentation vs. Bottle Aging * Decoct or Not? < Previous Next >

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D. Fraser (66.213.202.10)
Posted on Thursday, September 18, 2003 - 08:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I am planing on a partial mash for my next wheat; 6lb. wheat lme, 3lb. pale malt, 1/2lb. wheat malt, and 1/2lb. Ger. vienna malt. I know a decoction may make a better beer but is it necessary?
 

Denny Conn (63.114.138.2)
Posted on Thursday, September 18, 2003 - 08:55 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Nope, especially if you're doing a partial mash.
 

Craig Johnson (198.81.26.42)
Posted on Friday, September 19, 2003 - 12:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Just my opinion, but I would never decoct a partial mash. Follow the kit's directions and your beer will turn out great.
 

D. Fraser (66.213.202.10)
Posted on Friday, September 19, 2003 - 08:21 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I don't use kits. Never have. Never will.

I am too creative at hart. I always just slap a bunch of stuff together based on other recipes that I have found. The final creation is never really formulated until after I have started brewing.

So, at what point does a A/G mash need a decoction for a wheat beer? 50% - 50% wheat to barley? Less? More?
 

Denny Conn (140.211.82.4)
Posted on Friday, September 19, 2003 - 08:25 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Totally a matter of personal preference. You can make great wheat beers with no decoction whatsoever, or you can do a triple decoction if you're a masochist! You asked if it was necessary, and I replied that it wasn't, especially since you're using such a small grain bill. OTOH, it won't hurt anything, so if you're eager to learn how to do it, go for it.
 

D. Fraser (66.213.202.10)
Posted on Saturday, September 20, 2003 - 12:13 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks for the help. I usually prefer the easy way to do things.

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