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Old 02-25-2012, 10:02 PM   #21
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Is that silicone tubing connecting the bulkhead/ball valve to the false bottom?? If so, use hose clamps on either end to make sure it's secure.

I've had solid results using a bent stainless dip tube through the false bottom in my keg mash tun. For the other mash tuns I've made/used, I've had hose clamps on the silicone tubing to prevent it from coming separated. Of course, those were connected to torpedo/bazooka screens, not false bottoms. But, if the fitting on the false bottom is secure/tight (any o-rings with it?) then making sure the silicone tubing doesn't shift/move could solve your issue.

Did you add all the grain at once, or split it up, getting it fully mixed before adding the rest?? I've found that it's easier to get rid of the dough-balls (for thicker mashes) if you go that route. By thicker, I'm talking about under 1.3 or 1.4 qt/# water/grain ratio. At 1.5qt/# and above, it doesn't make as large an impact (but still a good idea IMO).



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Old 02-25-2012, 10:22 PM   #22
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I mashed in just 5 min ago... Went slower this time and loss 2* cause of it but I'll mash longer. Now when I mash out do I do it slow then stir or no stir?



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Old 02-25-2012, 10:36 PM   #23
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I mashed in just 5 min ago... Went slower this time and loss 2* cause of it but I'll mash longer. Now when I mash out do I do it slow then stir or no stir?
If you add mash out water, you want to stir.
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Old 02-25-2012, 10:37 PM   #24
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You need to stir when mashing out, but not so vigorously that you dislodge the false bottom, or knock the connecting hose off.

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Very well. I missed my temp by 3* so I'm mashing a bit longer then I'll add my mash out then stir . I'll keep y'all posted thanks for the help

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Old 02-25-2012, 11:01 PM   #26
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If the dip tube that runs through the false bottom is flat on the bottom of your cooler, you will fail again. Plenty of material will go through the false bottom.

I know, I've been down this road.

I took an angle grinder to the tube to raise it off the bottom and it fixed all my problems.

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Just add a bit more strike Water to raise your mash temp... Don't fear adding a bit more strike water; think of it as no sparge brewing.

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So round two went 100% better. My sweet wort is heating to a boil now and I must say this relieved a lot of undo stress. I'll report #'s later as far as my process went. Thanks for the responses so far. I guess my false bottom was bent originally to much as so to let grain under neath

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Man my citra came in today as well. Day is gettin better and better



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