*BREW DAY* Non-Traditional Decoction Mashing for Adding Flavor


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 Dusseldorf Altbier, True to Style All-Grain Recipe Kit

Dusseldorf Altbier, True to Style All-Grain Recipe Kit

Altbier (old beer) is a wonderfully complex beer that is brewed in Dusseldorf, Germany. Locals consume this magical beer by the thousands of barrels per year. Having a malty, biscuit and/or light caramel flavor with a dry finish makes this a very special brew. So, enjoy a glass or two imagining your’re in the atstadt on a spring day enjoying a truly local German beer!

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James from CMBecker International shows us his non-traditional way of using a decoction mashing method for adding flavor to his fan favorite altbier!

James does this 3 times for his altbier and it is the same process, just repeated three times. His goal with the decoction is to achieve that delicious dry maltiness finish known to the altbier style. Decoction mashing is also used to achieve the crisp, dry maltiness characteristic of German Oktoberfest and other continental lagers.

Have you ever used decoction mashing during your brew day? Let us know in the comments below!