I’m curious for some feedback from fellow home brewers. I’ve been doing some reading on decoction mashes and am interested to try it out, but everything I read lays out the process and follows it up with “but with today’s highly modified grains, decoctions are not usually necessary”. So, for those of you who’ve tried multiple types of mashing (decoction, step mash, single infusion) can you give me some first hand advice? I realize decoctions aren’t necessary, but do they improve your beer? Seems like a lot of time and work, which I’m not opposed too, but only if the reward is worth it.
If it helps in the conversation, I’m starting to get back into making lagers which I’ve gotten away from for a while due to the lengthy time they consume. But, I’m on a lager kick and plan on brewing a few over the next few months. I’m also of German decent and am interested in brewing a few traditional German lagers (Pils, Dunkelweizen, etc).