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Old 07-09-2007, 04:18 AM   #1
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Started to experience a stuck mash today so i employed a trick suggested by a fellow homebrewer that worked fantastic.I hooked the CO2 hose up to the nipple on the mash tun (cooler)valve and gave it a couple blasts of ,holding the lid closed of course,and "bam",no more blockage,full flow.I wish i'd have thought of it with a previous stuck mash which was a total disaster and waste.I use a SS braid btw.

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Old 07-09-2007, 04:19 AM   #2
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Very cool idea. I like it (make note to file this away).

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Old 07-09-2007, 10:11 AM   #3
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I had my first stuck mash last weekend and I remembered something "Doc" from the brewing network said, use your paddle and cut slits into the mash bed. Well I cut 4 slits and she started following again. It worked like a champ and I didnt have to get my Co2.
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Old 01-18-2009, 07:19 PM   #4
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Great idea, didn't work for me, but great idea. I think it would work normally though, the problem is that my SS braid is just shot. Just straight water is hardly flowing out, back to the drawing board.

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Old 01-18-2009, 10:50 PM   #5
Jolly McStanson
Jan 2008
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I had a stuck mash ones. I just blue on the end of the cooler nozzle to unclog the mash. Its all pre boil so I'm not worried about bacteria yet.

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Old 04-11-2010, 08:38 PM   #6
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I got my first stuck mash today. I tried blowing in the hose and cutting slits in the mash bed. Neither one worked. It has been dribbling out for about an hour and a half now. I guess I will just wait and see how it turns out. I'm making a pumpkin ale and I forgot to add a lb of rice hulls. I guess I learned my lesson.
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Old 04-12-2010, 02:00 AM   #7
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I'm with you, Jolly. If we are doing a particularly finicky mash (something with gummy grains or low water to mash ratio) and it gets stuck, blowing on the tube tends to work well enough to loosen up the bed. Good suggestion though! I'll keep it in mind.

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Old 04-12-2010, 02:13 AM   #8
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Blowing on the tube worked for me also.
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