A decoction is a method of extraction of herbal or plant material, which includes, but is not limited to: Stems, roots, bark, and rhizomes. Some teas would be considered a decoction. Likewise, the term is used colloquially in South India to refer to black coffee prepared by the traditional method. Decoctions, however, differ from most teas, infusions, or tisanes, in that decoctions are usually boiled. Decoction mashing is the traditional method used in many German breweries. It was used out of necessity before the invention of thermometers allowed simpler step mashing. But the practice continues for many traditional beers because of the unique malty flavor it lends to the beer. This is the result of Maillard reactions while boiling part of the grain.


Black cohosh
Blue Cohosh
Greater celandine
Iceland moss
Kola nut
Stone Root
True Unicorn Root
Virginia Snakeroot
Wild indigo

Added by Abbie Thoms on Sun 3 Jun 2012 on 4:07 pm GMT

Updated by wikiherbia on Thu 23 Aug 2012 at 5:04 pm GMT