Beer Terms

Decoction Mashing

A tradition and labour intensive method of mashing. A portion of the mash is removed, heated to boiling, then returned to the mash tun. Often used multiple times in certain mash programs. The purpose is to:

  1. Raise the temperature of the main mash
  2. Make the starches more accessible

Some brewers (esp German) believe it develops more depth and character. Others believe it is a waste of time!

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