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Old 12-08-2010, 07:24 PM   #1
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Ok at work so I can't post recipe but I was doing a Wit last night. Grain bill was 9.3lbs strike water was 11.63(12)qts @ 163 to make the mash 150 degrees. Mashed for 90 min preboil weight was spot on for 72% efficency. Mashtun is a DIY model with my screen being a SS mesh from a hose...you know they type. Mash out for 10 min and when I go to Vorlauf I get old man with prostate issues stream then nothing. I stir up the mash hoping that it will help have my sparge water all ready but still no flow whatsoever. It was ugly and I made a complete mess but I was able to "strain" out the wort and collect about 4.5 gal to boil. After that I had to strain again post boil to get the rest of the sediment out...needless to say it was a bad up til 2AM ****ty brewday my OG 1.044 6 points off my target but welll within style range.

So with that being said can someone explain to me stuck sparge or maybe what I might need to do for this not to happen again....do I need to put some 16GA wire in my mesh filter?

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Old 12-08-2010, 07:37 PM   #2
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Very common when making a wheat beer like a Wit. Best solution is to be proactive. Add at least 1/2 pound of rice hulls to the mix.

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Or malt condition. Lightly mist the malt with water before you mill it. It will keep the grain bed "fluffy".

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Old 12-08-2010, 07:44 PM   #4
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the flaked wheat doesn't have husks. The husk on the grain provides a filter. Add rice hulls (empty husks) to make up for the lack of husks on flaked wheat.

AKA, it's too mushy and clogs the braid.

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It's happened to me when I've used a lot of rye-rice hulls really help. The other thing that has helped is to have the mash be pretty wet to begin with and then have as much water go in as goes out.

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Added a 1/2Lbs of rice husks to mash so.....

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Or malt condition. Lightly mist the malt with water before you mill it. It will keep the grain bed "fluffy".
Wheat is huskless. Rice Hulls make up for it.
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Post recipe.

Open valve on Mash tun slowly until it's flowing.

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Added a 1/2Lbs of rice husks to mash so.....
Add more until the sparge no longer sticks.
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Wheat is huskless. Rice Hulls make up for it.
True, but I assume he's still using some barley. Malt conditioning works great on my rye beers.
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