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Old 04-16-2009, 03:37 PM   #1
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Default How many lbs. of rice hulls do I need?

6.5 lb vienna malt

3.25 lb white wheat malt

2.15 Wheat,Flaked


In Beersmith it says that I should not have more then 5% rice hulls. A half a pound gives me 4%. Does this sound about right?

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Old 04-16-2009, 03:43 PM   #2
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I think about 0.5 pound if you are doing a 5 gallon batch. I used 1 pound in a 10 gallon batch of something similar and it worked fine. No stuck sparge.

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Old 04-16-2009, 03:57 PM   #3
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I used less than 1 pound when I did a 10 gallon batch so I think you'll be fine. Your grain is less proportion of wheat than mine was and mine sparged like a champ with about half a pound or so.

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Thanks guys.

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I use about a quarter pound for my normal mashes. I'm pushing my crush and have had to deal with a stuck sparge before (in large part because of some diastatic malt powder I added to see what would happen) and don't want to experience that again. I bump the rice hulls up to a half pound if I'm adding a large amount of wheat to the mash. I'd think a half pound would be about right for your recipe.

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I have a 60% wheat that I brew, and I have never used hulls, and never had a stuck mash.

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Why is anyone so afraid of a stuck sparge? It's not a big deal. Close the valve, stir, and vorlauf. If I get a stuck sparge I usually get higher efficiency. When it does happen it's only once in the first runnings.

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Why is anyone so afraid of a stuck sparge? It's not a big deal. Close the valve, stir, and vorlauf. If I get a stuck sparge I usually get higher efficiency. When it does happen it's only once in the first runnings.
Because for my first try at all-grain I got a stuck sparge and it was a huge pain in the a**! So, I will give the rice hulls a try on my wheat beer.
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