Tips & Tidbits
Decoction as a Fix
It’s what may seem like a bad brew day. You’re doing an infusion mash, have added all the water the mash tun can take, checked the temperature and it’s too low. You can save your batch by doing a small decoction to add heat without adding any more water.
Use a sauce pan to pull out a thick portion (mostly grain) and heat it to the conversion temperature of 155 degrees F. Hold it there for about 10 minutes, and then boil it for 5 minutes. Return the hot decoction to the mash tun. Stir it in evenly to raise the temperature without creating any hotspots. Check your mash temperature. If it’s still too low, the decoction process can be repeated.