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Old 08-02-2009, 05:32 PM   #1
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Default Should have listened to that little voice.

The one that said "you have two pounds of rye in your grist, use some rice hulls!"

It was a 13.5-pound grist and I barely had room in my mash tun though, so I figured 2 pounds. No big deal. The barley hulls will take care of it.

Anyway now I have a stuck (or at least very very slow) sparge. Is there anything that can be done other than to just wait until it trickles out 6.5 gallons of wort??

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Old 08-02-2009, 05:40 PM   #2
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Same thing happened to me yesterday with some wheat. I blew back through the hose a couple times, that got it going. But it was a little slower than my normal lauters.

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Old 08-02-2009, 06:30 PM   #3
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Huh. Like into the ball valve?

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Yeah, I have tubing running from the ball valve on the MLT. I just blow into it to unclog it.

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Hmm. Been lautering for a good hour or two now. Maybe I'll try that. Will that impact the clarity of my wort?

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Old 08-02-2009, 06:38 PM   #6
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I'd like to know an exact method for determining when & how much wheat or rye, etc., requires rice hulls or some different approach to lautering. I've done 5 AG batches so far, and among them has been a hefeweizen with 4 pounds of wheat malt in a 9.5 lb. grain bill, and a rye IPA with 2 lbs. rye in a 14.5 lb. bill. After reading a bunch of stuff on the forums, I decided not to use the rice hulls.....and I had no problems with either batch. Both seemed to lauter just as freely as the other beers. And yet- there does seem to be a stuck sparge problem associated with these grains. I'd just like to be able to know when it's me that's going to have the problem.

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Never mind... my siphon hose doesn't fit onto the barb.

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Never mind... my siphon hose doesn't fit onto the barb.
Try cutting a slit into it to open it up a bit more. Had to do this once.
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I mean the OD of my hose is smaller than the ID of my ball valve. I have a Home Depot two blocks away, but I've been drinking and don't really want to drive.

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Hmm, maybe take the bulb off a turkey baster and use that to blow into the spigot.

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