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Old 10-20-2007, 07:39 PM   #1
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Both brew stores nearby are out of rice hulls. I'm brewing up a hefe with 6lbs of wheat and 4 lbs of pilsner today. Anyone have any tricks to make my sparge go a little smoother? I've never not used rice hulls with wheat beers...am I in for some trouble?

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Old 10-20-2007, 07:47 PM   #2
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I've never used rice hulls for hefes. I've had 70% wheat as well. I use a copper manifold, I heard it's pretty much needed for the braids though. I'm actually doing a dunkel hefe today, heating up my strike water right now. No rice hulls, 65% wheat.

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Old 10-20-2007, 08:01 PM   #3
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Yeah my cooler has a SS braid, so I guess we'll see how it goes. Maybe I'll figure something out. Enjoy your brew day, I'm about to open the flame for my strike water.

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I've got some pvc (not cpvc) that I used for a blow-off...Could I cut some holes/slots in that? If I removed my SS braid and used the slotted pvc instead (similar to the copper manifolds that people have), would that be better? Or too much work, just use the braid?

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I've got some pvc (not cpvc) that I used for a blow-off...Could I cut some holes/slots in that? If I removed my SS braid and used the slotted pvc instead (similar to the copper manifolds that people have), would that be better? Or too much work, just use the braid?
I dunno, you might just try it. I've also heard people say even manifolds need rice hulls, but again, I've nevvver used them and I've done plenty of hefes.

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I don't use rice hulls for my hefe's up to 70% but I have drilled, not slotted manifold. I didn't have any problems with the braid doing 60/40 hefe's either so I think you'll be ok.

I wouldn't use PVC for a manifold, the hot water of the mash can extract chemicals from the plastic. Your braid should be fine I would think though. But as Ó Flannagáin said, I too am not responsible for stuck sparges.

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I think I came up with a solution... I plan to drink slightly more homebrew than in a normal brew session, which should make up for any distress incurred from a stuck sparge.

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I think I came up with a solution... I plan to drink slightly more homebrew than in a normal brew session, which should make up for any distress incurred from a stuck sparge.
Perfect.
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If you do get one, which I did with my last wheat.... 80% IIRC, get a clean bucket, scoop the grain in there and mess with the braid/valve until it flows, then throw the grain back in and finish. (That's what I found to work anyways) I had a significant temp drop, but it was in between mashing and sparging so I don't think it mattered.

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