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Old 10-13-2012, 10:36 PM   #1
Dec 2008
So. California, California
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Hello all,

I have been brewing all grain for about 6 years now and I have brewed my last two batches and had horrible efficiency. The last two batches have had rice hulls and pumpkin in the mash.

I have never used rice hulls before or Pumpkin in the mash. Do they have any kind of effect on the efficiency and yield from the mash.

When I say the efficiency has been bad, what I mean is the last batch had an estimated OG of 1.056 and I hit 1.032. I basically made water.

Any thoughts. I am also thinking my grain mill might need to be adjusted.

Thank you

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Old 10-14-2012, 06:54 PM   #2
May 2007
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I've made a pumpkin ale with pumpkin & rice hulls in the mash and made my numbers (70%). I suspect something else happened....

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Old 10-15-2012, 10:20 AM   #3
Sep 2009
Mordialloc, Australia, Australia
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Rice hulls should have no effect whatsoever. What potential sg were you expecting from the pumpkin? Beersmith says 1.006, but personally I work on the theory of 1.000. You may need to use more water as the pumpkin will absorb a bit. Perhaps you should increase your sparging regime.

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