Mash Tun vs. Lauter Tun || Docoction

Mash Tun vs. Lauter Tun || Docoction

Post by Michael D » Thu, 04 Nov 1999 04:00:00



I have a few questions that are probably pretty basic for all grain brewers
(I'm about to switch to all grain), but most of us extract brewers don't
know.

1. What is the difference between a 'Mash tun' and a 'Lauter tun'?  Are
these just two different
    terms for the same thing?

2. I understand what an infusion mash is (Just hold at one temp.), but what
EXACTLY is a
    "Decoction mash"?  A "double decoction mash"?  A "tripple decoction
mash".  What does this
    stuff mean?  If someone has the time to explain, great!  If not, can you
direct me to a URL that
    will spell it out for me?

Thanks!
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Mash Tun vs. Lauter Tun || Docoction

Post by Alan McKa » Fri, 05 Nov 1999 04:00:00


Quote:
> 1. What is the difference between a 'Mash tun' and a 'Lauter tun'?  Are
> these just two different
>     terms for the same thing?

They are if you mash and lauter in the same vessel, but not everyone does.

Quote:
> 2. I understand what an infusion mash is (Just hold at one temp.), but what
> EXACTLY is a
>     "Decoction mash"?  A "double decoction mash"?  A "tripple decoction
> mash".  What does this
>     stuff mean?  If someone has the time to explain, great!  If not, can you
> direct me to a URL that
>     will spell it out for me?

check my site below.  go to "homebrew" then "all grain brewing"

cheers,
-Alan

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Mash Tun vs. Lauter Tun || Docoction

Post by Kri » Fri, 05 Nov 1999 04:00:00




Quote:
>1. What is the difference between a 'Mash tun' and a 'Lauter tun'?  Are
>these just two different
>    terms for the same thing?

A mash tun is the vessel where the grains are mashed.  The Lauter tun
is the vessel where the grains are sparged.  Commonly they are the
same vessel.

Quote:
>2. I understand what an infusion mash is (Just hold at one temp.), but what
>EXACTLY is a
>    "Decoction mash"?  A "double decoction mash"?  A "tripple decoction
>mash".  

From what I understand, a decoction mash is similar to a step mash
except instead of using water to raise up to the next step you take
out some of the grains and boil them then add them back to acheive
your desired temperatures.  I'd guess a double decoction mash is where
you boil the grains twice, and 3 times for a triple.  

Quote:
>     If not, can you
>direct me to a URL that

Try www.brewery.org.  They have articles on mash tuns, lauter tuns,
decoction mashing, and many other topics.

-Kris