My first time using this 10 gallon Rubbermaid MLT that I bought on eBay. Put my strike water in and then put in 12 lbs of milled Vienna malt. Let it sit for 60 mins, and was psyched to start brewing. Went to vorlauf, and nothing came out.
OK so what did I do wrong? I don't know what a good crush is but from pictures I have seen my LHBS does a good crush. I am brewing a SMASH with Citra hops.
I think either the false bottom floated up and clogged the outlet. But I put a hose on the spigot and blew into it gently. It didn't seem clogged but that didn't unclog it.
The only dumb thing I can think of is that the grain bed became so compacted that it wouldn't let wort through. I am saying it is dumb because I don't have a mash paddle or anything long enough to get to the bottom of the MLT.
So would that cause it to not drain properly since I wasn't able to stir it?
I gave up trying to unclog it and siphoned the wort out of the top and strained it over a bed of grain I put in a strainer over my pot. Not a fun time first time using my mash tun I was so excited about...
But I am not mad a bad day brewing is better than a good day at work.