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Old 05-22-2010, 05:30 PM   #1
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I have heard two techniques for using rice hulls:
1) Lay them down as a filter bed in the bottom of the mash tun.
2) Mix them in with the grain before adding the water.

Which do you all do?



 
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Old 05-22-2010, 05:37 PM   #2
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Mix them with the grain. I don't know if they will do alot of good if they are all on the bottom.


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Old 05-22-2010, 05:44 PM   #3

I just mix them in with the grain . . . but am interested in seeing if there are people who recommend the other.

 
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Old 05-22-2010, 05:54 PM   #4
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I have never used them. Never needed them, (as I knock on wood).
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Old 05-22-2010, 06:19 PM   #5
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I mix them in... Works like a charm to keep both my HERMS systems flowing...
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Old 05-22-2010, 06:28 PM   #6
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I rinse and then soak them for the first 35-40 minutes of the mash, drain and mix in. It's convenient considering I always stir the mash every 20 minutes.
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Old 05-22-2010, 06:49 PM   #7
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Mix them in. The point of using rice hulls is because some grains (like wheat) are lacking a husk. Its difficult to set up a filter bed when sparging without a husk because the grain bed compacts. Rice hulls help give the grain bed "loft", allowing water to access more surface area of the grain and drain the good stuff off.

If there are any gardeners out there, rice hulls go a long ways towards improving just about any soil. Similar to using hulls in a mash, they give the soil structure and allow for good drainage. Want great veggies? Use lots of rice hulls in your growing mix!
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Old 05-22-2010, 11:42 PM   #8
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Not trying to hi-jack the thread but,

I used rice hulls one time, and one time only. I was talked into them by the LHBS and that was/is the only time I ever had a stuck sparge in the 8 years I have been brewing.

Not sure what I did wrong, mine were mixed in.

 
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Old 05-23-2010, 12:28 AM   #9

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Not trying to hi-jack the thread but,

I used rice hulls one time, and one time only. I was talked into them by the LHBS and that was/is the only time I ever had a stuck sparge in the 8 years I have been brewing.

Not sure what I did wrong, mine were mixed in.
I throw in a handful or two every batch, but I also use some wheat in almost every batch (even if its not a wheat beer). My experience is the opposite of yours - the one time I forgot is when I got a stuck sparge

 
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Old 05-23-2010, 12:29 AM   #10
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I placed mine all on the bottom - seemed to work OK. I use a 70 quart Colemnan Extreme with braided hose laid out on the bottom.


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