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Old 02-16-2012, 02:25 AM   #1
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This weekend will be my first all grain brew using wheat as 50% of the grain bill. Any tips or suggestions for brewing with wheat.

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Old 02-16-2012, 02:35 AM   #2
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Use rice hulls! Half a pound to a pound should be fine.

This will help with a stuck sparge or suction in the mash (after sparge you notice the grain bed isnt touching the sides of the mash tun). The rice hulls add some structure to the mash that is missing because wheat malt is huskless.

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Old 02-16-2012, 11:39 AM   #3
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Thanks, I'll definitely do that. I actually have some rice hulls leftover from a previous brew.

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Old 02-16-2012, 01:27 PM   #4
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Like Dex, I'm also going to be brewing my first wheat beer. I also plan on using rice hulls. My question is, since wheat does not have husks, does that change the absorption rate? or do the rice hulls make up for that?

My absorption rate is usually 30% when my mash ratio is a 1.25 q / 1 lbs grain. (easily adjustable). I'm just curious that if 50% of my grain bill is wheat, is going to have a huge effect? Should I sparge less?

Its not a huge deal. Just curious.

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Old 02-16-2012, 01:48 PM   #5
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This weekend will be my first all grain brew using wheat as 50% of the grain bill. Any tips or suggestions for brewing with wheat.
What's your recipe? Wheat smells awesome in the mash.
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Old 02-16-2012, 01:54 PM   #6
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I wouldn't worry about mash absorption. Mash a bit thinner if you want and just sparge until you have your volume. The rice hulls will help you achieve a nice runoff during the sparge.

If you are batch sparging I would just do it like you would any other beer.

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Old 02-16-2012, 02:04 PM   #7
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I'm kind of shooting for a double wheat. Here's the recipe.

7 lbs Red Wheat
5 lbs 2-Row
1 lb Flaked Barley
1 lb Golden Naked Oats
1 lb Rice Hulls

1 oz Hallertauer at 60 min
1 oz Spalter at 15 min

Wyeast 1010 American Wheat yeast

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Yum.

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You will get some more absorption, I know I did. I'd bump it up to 1.5qt/lb. at least. The rice hulls will help though.

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I wouldn't worry about mash absorption. Mash a bit thinner if you want and just sparge until you have your volume. The rice hulls will help you achieve a nice runoff during the sparge.

If you are batch sparging I would just do it like you would any other beer.

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If you're batch sparging, don't worry about it.

If you're fly sparging, rice hulls can help prevent alot of frustration. Soak rice hulls in water and add them at the end.

Also, a glucan rest can help increase your extract, and make runoff a little easier, but is not necessarily necessary.

Keeping the temp up helps to keep the runoff fluid and prevents the grainbed from gelling up. I pretty much always mashout when using a lot of wheat/oats, mostly for the higher runoff temp. Think warm vs cold syrup.
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