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Offline SiameseMoose

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Anyone built a stirrer for decoctions?
« on: November 25, 2011, 12:31:43 PM »
I just completed a decoction mash, and I'm tired of sitting next to a hot burner, stirring away for 20-30 minutes. Has anyone built a stirrer for this purpose? I have some ideas, but I thought I'd ask to see what else has been done before I reinvent the wheel.

Note: I do not want to restart the argument of whether decoctions are necessary. I believe they add something that can't be got in other ways, but I respect the position of people who feel otherwise. (No matter how pigheaded those positions might be.  ;D)
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Re: Anyone built a stirrer for decoctions?
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2011, 12:51:11 PM »
Pigheaded back atcha!  ;)
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Re: Anyone built a stirrer for decoctions?
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2011, 09:06:19 PM »
As an alternative to stirring, you might want to check out the article by Jeff Renner from the Mar/Apr 2010 (or maybe Jan/Feb) issue of Zymurgy titled something like "pseudo decoction mashing".  Basically, it's a way of using a pressure cooker to do your decoctions and it requires no stirring.  I've been using that method and am very pleased with the results (and happy to not have to worry about stirring or scorching).
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Re: Anyone built a stirrer for decoctions?
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2011, 09:53:36 PM »
I've only had to stir the decoction a few times- not constantly. No scorching.
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Re: Anyone built a stirrer for decoctions?
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2011, 06:44:57 AM »
As an alternative to stirring, you might want to check out the article by Jeff Renner from the Mar/Apr 2010 (or maybe Jan/Feb) issue of Zymurgy titled something like "pseudo decoction mashing".  Basically, it's a way of using a pressure cooker to do your decoctions and it requires no stirring.  I've been using that method and am very pleased with the results (and happy to not have to worry about stirring or scorching).

I've tried it, and was very disappointed with the results. The beers I made did not taste like they were decocted at all.
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Secondary: 3 different batches of Flanders Red, Lambic, Alt
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Next up: American Wheat with pear concentrate

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Re: Anyone built a stirrer for decoctions?
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2011, 01:36:15 PM »
The beers I made did not taste like they were decocted at all.
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Re: Anyone built a stirrer for decoctions?
« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2011, 10:00:31 AM »
The beers I made did not taste like they were decocted at all.
Just do not tell this to Denny.  :D

I hope you notice how I held my tongue!  I've always fekt somewhat vindicated in my belief about decoction after that tasting of Kai's beers we did.  Even he couldn't tell which was decocted and which wasn't!
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Re: Anyone built a stirrer for decoctions?
« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2011, 10:10:45 AM »
I have only done a decoction mash twice, so far.  Both times I only stirred occasionally. I did make sure to stay in the same room so I could keep an eye on it.  I did not get any scorching.  Hope this helps.

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Re: Anyone built a stirrer for decoctions?
« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2011, 07:28:14 AM »
I have thought about using the motor from an electric ice cream maker. I would be interested in seeing what you come up with...
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