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Old 01-11-2008, 06:58 PM   #1
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Default Rice Hulls How much should I use

Does anyone know what is the proper ratio of rice hulls that should be used. I was told that throwing in a few hand fulls would help. As far as I can tell it is not too exacting but I think that 1 lb per 10 lbs grain is excessive. 1 lb seems quite large. I am not mashing wheat, just pale malt and specialty grains. I have had one stuck mash and now I'm trying to avoid a repeat performance.
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Old 01-11-2008, 06:59 PM   #2
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Honestly if you've gotten stuck with just Pale malt, you might wanna look into your system design or your crush maybe. If you're gonna try using rice hulls, go with 1/2lb...



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As Soulive said, 1/2lb should be plenty even for a 70/30 wheat beer.

What are you using for a lautering manifold and how is your crush? With a standard grist you shouldn't be having stuck sparges unless something is a little out of whack.

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I only use rice hulls when I make my Hefe, and then it is only 1/2 a pound. I also pre-soak them, then rinse before using. That way they don't soak up any wort and they don't pass any dirt into the kettle either.

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I use a ss toilet braid with the sliced vinyl line to hold it round. It normally works really well. The last time I got the grain at the lhbs it was ground to flour. That was great except... it was a stuck mash. 2 hours to drain all the wort 85-90% efficiency. I got great efficiency by come on 2 hours???. Anyway, I just ordered my BC and I am hoping for better results with my very own BC rather than the old jps maltmill at the shop.

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Must have been an impressive amount of flour, it takes a lot to stick a SS braid.

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Yeah, I don't know what to say. It was really stuck.

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The only time I've gotten a stuck sparge was when I made a spud beer. Then it took two pounds of hulls to get it to work for five gallons.



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