Decoction mashing is a temperature controlled mashing method that differs from the normal ‘step infusion’ mash only in the way the heat is applied. The difference is that in decoction mashing, part of the mash is boiled in a separate kettle. The boiled part is added back to the mash to achieve the required temperature rise. The effect of the boil on the final beer is very strong, but it is important for achieving the characteristic malty taste found in many of the best commercial brews. Decoction mashing is the preferred mash method for many beer styles originating in Europe.
What is a Seidel glass?
A Seidel is the only beer glass with a handle and the German named for beer mugs or krugs. It is typically very heavy and sturdy. They can have different textures and come in different sizes.
Originally published in our Micro Brew News' Trivia Time, Church Street Brewing Co. edition.