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Old 01-04-2013, 02:49 AM   #11
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I use a 10 gallon cooler/braided hose..the only time I had a stuck sparge is when I had a 24# grain bill. It squished the braided hose and didn't allow liquid to flow through it. I had to blow into the tubing attached to my mash tun to unstick my sparge. I currently have a bazooka screen on the way to try to avoid that problem. The only time I would ever consider rice hulls is with a wheat beer.

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Old 01-04-2013, 06:50 AM   #12
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I'm only on my 4th AG but I have used rice hulls on my last 2 and have noticed that my mash tons drain easier with them. One was a stout the other a dunkle. The IPA I did before that drained so slow it took forever to get my volume. I do 10gal batches using 2 5gal round coolers to mash in. Rice hulls are so cheap and save me time, I don't see why I wouldn't use them in every batch.

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Old 01-04-2013, 07:06 AM   #13
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Maybe you dodged a bullet, maybe not. I batch sparge and use a braid, but I have had a few stuck sparges. Mainly with rye. I made a 6 gal batch of roggenbier with around 60% rye and even with a pound of rice hulls, it still took almost 2 hours for the runoff. It's cheap insurance considering how much of a PITA a stuck sparge is. I at least have grain bags from my previous BIAB batches that I can use if I get a stuck mash.

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Old 01-04-2013, 02:53 PM   #14
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I at least have grain bags from my previous BIAB batches that I can use if I get a stuck mash.
Me too! Once I made a pumpkin ale with a sh*t ton of pumpkin in it, and even with a pound of hulls it wouldn't even drip. I ended up putting my BIAB bag in my 15.5 gal keggel and dumping the MLT in to it. That was a "fun" brew day.
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:37 PM   #15
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So today I brewed a roggenbier with 50% rye...I actually bought a half pound or rice hulls but forgot them on the scale at the home brew shop. But once again no rice hulls no problem. Hit 80% efficiency no stuck sparge.

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