Originally Posted by Bsquared
If any thing too I think most home brewers mash too long. Talking to some of the local pro's, ti seems that most of them mash in under 30min, and I've heard as quick as 8min's.
*nod* you mash until you hit your numbers. It can take 10 minutes, or 90, it all depends.
As for returning the wort to the kettle. Yes, return it to the top. Some rice hulls in the mash will prevent channeling and allow everything to flow without getting stuck.