I think they absorb some water, but less than grain.
Originally Posted by zman
So going with the soak and rinse method I can just soak them in hot tap water (113-120F) for say 5-10 minutes strain in a colander. How many time do you soak and rinse?
So soak and rinse add to pre heated empty mashtun, add strike water, then do in grain. How much do you overshoot your temps by to compensate for the hulls? I am thinking no more than 5 degrees F since the hulls will be close to the temp of what they were soaked in. Sound about right?
You will see how dirty they are when you first soak them, I like to rinse a few time until it is not gross any more.
I over shoot my temp instead of pre-heating my mash tun. If you pre-heat, you probably do not need to make any compensation especially if you just rinsed them with hot water.