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Old 09-15-2009, 08:03 PM   #1
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10 gallon Gott MLT with SS 16" braid.

OK - 4 batches in to my AG brewing.
3 troublesome runoffs..

Not sure if its just my lack of experience, my technique or my milling...
Using MaltMill set at .045.

English style bitter - no issues with runoff
Cream ale - nightmare runoff
Wit - bad but not too bad..
Oatmeal Stout - bad until i added boiling water and gave a good stir.

I think a big part of my problem may be not mashing out at a high enough temp...especially when using alot of adjuncts. I never reach 170 before sparging..

I'm sure that technique is everything with sparging to prevent a stuck runoff.
And I'm sure a bottom slit manifold while giving up a bit of efficiency would provide more trouble free runoffs...

I built my current setup and would like to keep it but I'm starting to get frustrated with sparging..

Can anyone chime in with their opinions as to braid vs. manifold?

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Old 09-15-2009, 08:10 PM   #2
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I've never had trouble with my braid. I would doubt it's your crush or sparge temp. Might I suggest using a handful of rice hulls in your mash. They're cheap and, in my experience, prevent slow runoffs.

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I use a braid and have never once had one single issue with any brew ive ever done.

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Thanks shecky - I've heard that rice hulls should be used when using lots of adjuncts..
What ratio do you use?

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Thanks shecky - I've heard that rice hulls should be used when using lots of adjuncts..
What ratio do you use?
Ratio, shmatio. I just grab a handful, rinse them off in a colander (those suckers are dusty) and throw them in.

I'm doing a pumpkin ale sometime next week. I think I may throw close to a pound in for something like that. Wheat, rye, throw a good bit in.
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Thanks tdavisii -

Just trying to see where i may be going wrong here..
Do you mash out at 170?
Do you use rice hulls when using lots of adjuncts?

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shecky - Pumpkin huh?
I'd love to make that but i've heard nightmares with using pumpkin...
How do u plan on using it? In what form?

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I'm doing a pumpkin ale sometime next week.
You're just saying that so you'll fit in around here
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shecky - Pumpkin huh?
I'd love to make that but i've heard nightmares with using pumpkin...
How do u plan on using it? In what form?
Canned pumpkin. 60 ounces of it in the mash. It will be very, very sticky. Rice hulls will help immensely, though I still expect it to be slow.
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