protein-->sacc-->mashout or beta-->alpha--->mashout?
good stuff. for your sake, i hope you don't notice a difference.
how many decoctions did the pils you took silver with have?
I had not done a decoction so far this year, so this made up for it. The German Pils that got NHC Bronze was a Hochkurz double.
Yesterday was protein 95F, first decoction got me to 133F, ramped that up with direct fire to 144F, decoction to 158F, decocted the thin part to 168F. The garage had a very rich malty smell when coming into it from the house.
This one used a 2 hour boil. Chilled with tap water, then pumped ice water until the ice ran out at 49F. Decanted starters, pumped the wort into the starter flasks, filled the carboys. Put carboys and starters into the keezer to get to 44F overnight. Yeast was active the next morning, and was pitched into the carboys after wort was hit with O2.
This was a 10 gallon batch. I have enough other stuff to make a 5 gallon or smaller system. Might finally do that.