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Old 05-05-2009, 06:21 AM   #1
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Default stringy aftermath ....bombshell blonde

I've done a handful of all grain batches. This weekend I tried a summer beer; the highly rated bombshell ale from the recipe database. I have never come across this stuff before

I first noticed the stringy material when I dipped my hose (from first runnings) into my sanitizer bucket. It looks like snake shed but much smaller; empty "tubes" about a half inch long that have the firmness and stability of skin. It takes a moderate amount of torque to tear them.

I run a devise that aerates the wort (lazy method) that is a cone that connects to the hose and ispointed towards the incoming wort. Anyway...this devise caught a ton of these stringy things when I transferred to the fermenter. And now that I take a closer look at the bucket that that I soak some of my equipment, I see many more (now floaters).

Imagine trying to peel off a hangnail and a half inch of skin comes with; this is what it looks like. We can talk about why that is my best description later

The only thing I can think of that I did different was add more rice hulls, which are the same size as mysterious phenomenon.

God, I hope my beer doesn't have the swine flu

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That sounds pretty nasty actually.... do you have any pictures?

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Here are some pics of the goobers:

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I have no idea what those are but in ther interest of helping to brainstorm:
Did you rinse your hulls before adding them to the mash?
Fomr your post it sounds as though they were formed post mash, is that correct, or were they formed post/during the boil?

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Is it possible that that something was dried in your tubing and worked it's way out when draining your runnings?

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I did not rinse the rice hulls and have no idea when they were "formed"

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Is it possible that that something was dried in your tubing and worked it's way out when draining your runnings?
great theory, but no I used clean tubing. There is quite a bit of the stuff...what you see in the kettle is from me just rinsing the tubing after transfer. Now that I think about it, I had these things on my mash paddle during boil...so they came from the tun
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They look to me kinda like the "skin" part of a sunflower seed, you know the part that gest caught beneath your tounge when you eat several handfulls..., the protective coating on the seed inside the shell (i don't know the technical term).
I don't kow if rice has the same think but if they do and some were stuck to the inside of your hulls that could be it. Maybe take a small handful of them and do a little experimient with some hot tap water and see what you get...

Or I could just have my head up my bum which has happened before...

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Any teflon tape on your setup?

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yes on both the MLT and HLT
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