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Old 07-31-2009, 05:43 PM   #11
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I've brewed over 350 batches. I've never used hulls, nor have I ever had a stuck runoff or wished I'd used them.

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Old 07-31-2009, 06:39 PM   #12
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Thirty one AG batches now using a SS braid and never used or needed rice hulls.

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Old 07-31-2009, 07:04 PM   #13
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Thirty one AG batches now using a SS braid and never used or needed rice hulls.
I was in that same boat (in the thirties) and thought the same thing - until i tried a 15gal wit brewday with a grist comprising of more than 50% flaked wheat. An impromptu 1.5hr roundtrip to the LHBS was in order, and the self imposed "flaked wheat" rule resulted. It only takes one time...
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Old 07-31-2009, 07:23 PM   #14
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I was in that same boat (in the thirties) and thought the same thing - until i tried a 15gal wit brewday with a grist comprising of more than 50% flaked wheat. An impromptu 1.5hr roundtrip to the LHBS was in order, and the self imposed "flaked wheat" rule resulted. It only takes one time...
That would be one of the few situations that I'd think you'd need hulls. If you need to use them every batch, you should be looking at either your equipment or your techniques.
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Old 07-31-2009, 07:35 PM   #15
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If you need to use them every batch, you should be looking at either your equipment or your techniques.
Oh, definitely. That was the only time i've ever needed them. Stepping from my normal 5gal to 15gal that one time didn't help things either.
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Old 07-31-2009, 08:09 PM   #16
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I rarely use rice hulls, but I do keep a bag in the freezer for unexpected emergencies. Uusally if things are gummed up, a hot infusion and some stirring will get it running. I remember having trouble once and threw in a couple of handfuls of hulls, did the trick.

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Old 08-01-2009, 03:36 PM   #17
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Well, I went ahead and added 1/2lb of hulls and my first AG is in the primary. I had a great sparge with no stuck run off. I can't say whether it was due to using the hulls, but I was unsure and inexperienced, so in they went. Primary activity was visible after only 8 hours.

I read the posts about rinsing the hulls a bit late though. I just added them into the MLT before any other ingredients, then added the rest of the grain bill.

I posted my results in another thread and I believe it all went nicely. I have a lot of adjustments to make in equipment and application, so thanks to all for your comments and advice.

I called my first AG brew "Orange Blossom Creme Ale". I can only hope that it tastes as great as the whole process went.

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I always add them. Cheap insurance I suppose.

A few handfuls and I'm usually good to go.

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I've brewed up three wheat beers with over 50% wheat in the grist and each time I have added a minimum of 1lb rice hulls. To date, no stuck sparges. The other AG batches that I made had 80% barley in the grist w/o any rice hulls and they all flowed like champions.

For the cost of 5 lbs. of rice hulls, I've decided to keep it around. It's cheap and I do not want the headache of a stuck sparge or worse yet, dumping the MT. Depends on your aversion to risk I guess.

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