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View Poll Results: Should I Filter my Mash Runnings?
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Old 02-02-2007, 02:52 PM   #1
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I have a really nice SS MLT with a spigot and sweet false bottom. Very nice setup. My only problem is, I can't seem to get the runnings to run clear, no matter how many times I recycle them. So I end up with lots of particulate in my boil. Of course, it gets filtered out when I strain my wort into the fermenter, but I'm wondering...

Would it be a good idea to send the runnings through my funnel/screen on their way to the kettle? Some have said that I don't have to worry about tannins because the husks are usually left behind, but others have said that they filter their runnings.

So, yay or nay?
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Old 02-02-2007, 02:57 PM   #2
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How are you crushing your grains?
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Old 02-02-2007, 03:13 PM   #3
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I hold the strainer underneath just to catch those couple pieces of grain that somehow seem to make it through
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Old 02-02-2007, 03:51 PM   #4
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Quote:
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How are you crushing your grains?
I'm not. Don't have a mill...yet. I get Listermann to premill them for me prior to shipping, then foodsave them until ready for use.
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Old 02-02-2007, 03:58 PM   #5
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I'd try hooking up a piece of SS braid under the false bottom.
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Old 02-02-2007, 04:06 PM   #7
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I think if you Vorlauf too fast the grainbed doesn't settle properly and a good filter doesn't form? I do mine real slow always, maybe you are doing it too fast? Just a thought.
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Old 02-02-2007, 04:07 PM   #8
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Is it possible, too, that you aren't being careful enough when you add the runnings back to the tun, that you're re-disturbing the grain bed? Is the grain bed pretty deep, or shallow?
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Old 02-02-2007, 05:22 PM   #9
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There is absolutely no benefit in acheiving a clear run off and it has no bearing on the final clarity or taste. As long as there are no large lumps in the run off you are fine. There is a paper available on the net discussing an experiment into mash run off and clarity. The fine particulate was even considered to be beneficial to fermentation.
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Old 02-02-2007, 05:28 PM   #10
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copied from other post 'cause i'm lazy

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go to a grainger store in your area or buy online or go to a cleaning supplies store. get a 3m white polishing pad. yep i said polishing pad.

assemble thusly:

take your mash pad - leave the center ring in it. cut a small hole in the center so that your tube from the false bottom will fit up through. false bottom goes in the cooler - mash pad goes on top the false bottom with the tube threaded through the hole - connect tube to ball valve as normal...and your chunky sparge worries should be over.

the center hole is out on this pic to better show assembly
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