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Brewing TV - Episode 34: Decoction Day



Original Postdate: April 8, 2011

- Double Decoction Brew Session
- Tasting Notes
- Snowball Fight!

Back to the garage! Join Chip and Dawson for another brew day - this time the beer is a dark Munich lager (with a twist) brewed with a double decoction mash. The Canoe Cam is busted out for more tasting notes, the dogs play some soccer, and BTV Cub Reporter Bryon Adams shows up after the work is done for some barley wine. Alles fur Brau, und Brau fur Alles. 

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Dawson's double decoction Dunkel RECIPE

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Reader Comments (40)

Awfully full kettle you have there, no boil over worries?

April 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFisher kel Tath

With today's highly modified malts, wouldn't everything have already converted by the time you get to the 2nd decoction?

April 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMark P

Thank you so much for doing a decoction mash episode. I'm now motivated to do at least one decoction on my Oktoberfest this year.

April 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Schultz

Excellent outtakes for this episode! Drinking during the brewday is inadvisable but the fun and hilarity factor exponentially increase...

April 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndy!

Good stuff. You make decoction look fairly easy, but also add value to the process in a way most of us probably would not think of. Good interesting, fun, and informative instructional episode. That ought to appease those folks who are looking for this exact thing. :)

April 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonO

Great episode guys. Never have seen a decocion mash in action so I learned a lot. Brainoil is a reggae band? That true?

April 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJon Weber

You guys rock! I come home every other Friday, grab a brew from the fridge, and watch a cool episode of Brewing TV. Thanks for being my Friday after-school entertainment. It's such a relief to come home from Literary Theory class and not have to think of French Feminism for 30 minutes. Brew for all!!!

April 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRafa

Nice one guys.

Hops in the back... Sounds like something JZ would say...


April 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterUber Franz

Glad to see I'm not the only one who sings "Alouette" whilst brewing.

April 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRyan

Great episode. only my 3rd one i've checked out. Now to watch them all! Love the show.

April 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJames

I really felt the Gemutlikeit in this episode. Can't wait until 2 weeks from now. Until then I'll try to brew something as bad ass as Dawson's Dunkel.

April 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteranderw

Entertaining per usual...keep it up guys!

April 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLance

Where can I get that shirt??? I need one.

April 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertbergs

The best episode yet. I'd love to see more advanced brewing process shows.

Funny, I did my first decoction mash last week.

April 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJD

Awesome episode! I've been looking for for insight on decoction mashing, and this really fills the bill. Loved the snowball fight too!

April 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBill V,

@Fisher - do I look worried? ; ) My kettle has a wicked high evaporation rate, especially in cold weather, so it has to start that full to yield the target volume. May you live in exciting times, as the old Chinese curse says.

@Mark - Conversion: as you point out, modern malts tend to be well modified (modification alone isn't reason enough to do a decoction mash these days) and can convert quickly, but the regimen is the regimen and it is thorough - the separate portions of the mash are never at the same temperature for very long. Although the main mash would have at least partially completed beta sacch' activity by the time decoction #2 is returned, the decoction itself would still contain a good deal of starch that hadn't seen very much of 148 F before being heated beyond the amylolytic range.

@tbergs - the folks at BYO tell me that those gray work shirts are sold out, but they are looking into releasing a new edition sometime this summer.

April 11, 2011 | Registered CommenterDawson

Oy, a decoction for each dog...? I have four...

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPJ

dido on the shirt a want one

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergary

How long was your total mash time?

Thanks! Awesome episode

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDean

Whoa - beardless Dawson in those old photos. Classic.

Another awesome ep here guys, informative and fun to watch. I love the look on Dawson's face when Chip starts up about Brainoil poetry.

April 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBenW

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