Originally Posted by pixelhussar
Normally my brewhouse efficiency is around 80% with barley malts. Last time I brewed wheat beer and it dropped down to 60%. Since I still have no rice hulls avaliable, I couldn't use it. Do you think that only by using rice hulls would bring the efficiency up a lot?
I tried to add hop pellets in socks like bag. I know it isn't very useful, but still, I tried. When I racked the beer from the pot, there were much more than just pellet particles at the bottom of my pot. It was something cloudy. Is that protein? How can I minimize it? I've lost too much wort just because of this.
The pellets remained in the bag formed a thick ball. Some parts inside of it remained green, may it be a sign of bad isomerisation?
For your first question the actual grain bill would help. Yes, rice hulls help filter the sparge and prevent being stuck but also if you were well over 50% wheat then a step mash would have helped with better conversion as well.
As for the kettle, what you are seeing is the hot break material that settles out and this volume should be measured and calculated as a loss in your process so you can be sure to collect the proper amount of pre-boil, then factor boil off and kettle loss so you get the final volume you want.