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Old 11-30-2011, 03:47 PM   #1
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Morning,

Brewing More Beer's Shark Bite kit.

Didn't hit my mash temp (cooler), was at 146 at mash in. Slowly tried to bring up temp with extra water, wasn't working. I was getting worried about too off of a grist ratio, and I think that same problem had an impact on my last brew. So I panicked and drained all of the wort (15 min of mash) into my kettle, which is has a brewmometer. Then scooped the grains in. At 25 min I was at 152. Turned my back and within less than 2 minutes the mash temp hit 180! Quickly uncovered the mash tun and stirred like mad. It's currently sitting at 162, no cover, no flame.

I think at this point I have over-oxygenated wort, with all-over the place mash temps, tannins leaching, and no good plan as to how to sparge (maybe sparge in kettle and let all the wort flow to the cooler as a holding tank, then drain from the cooler to the empty kettle?). I have no false bottom or strainer of any kind in the kettle, just a valve.

Any thoughts? I am so close to dumping this mess and brewing my arrogant extract kit I have sitting here.

UPDATE: With 11 min left in the mash I was at 156.

 
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Old 11-30-2011, 03:59 PM   #2
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how much time left for your mash?
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how much time left for your mash?
10 minutes. Sitting at 156.

 
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Old 11-30-2011, 04:01 PM   #4
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Consistency is so much more of a soup than a mash.

 
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Old 11-30-2011, 04:05 PM   #5
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It's such a loose mash that I think I can just pour it back into the cooler. I realize I will have no grain bed established at that point, so I will have to recirculate for awhile. I'm curious to see how this bad boy turns out.

 
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No sparge method - Home Brewing Wiki
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It's such a loose mash that I think I can just pour it back into the cooler. I realize I will have no grain bed established at that point, so I will have to recirculate for awhile. I'm curious to see how this bad boy turns out.
I was thinking the same thing
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I'm not clear on how I would separate the grain from the wort. There's no false bottom in the keptle/mash tun.

 
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based on you gravity and volume of your first runnings you may be able to go straight into your kettle and just top of with some water, skipping sparging.
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so no false bottom and you are not Brewing in a Bag (BIAB)?
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