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Old 05-02-2013, 02:20 PM   #11
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Let us know how batch #3 goes!


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Old 05-02-2013, 02:35 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by jeremydgreat View Post
THE LESSONS:
  • 1lb of rice hulls is really a lot. The water will fly right through the grist and quick-moving water means higher chance of channeling. Especially on a tall mash tun. Better to use .5lbs.
  • Mix. It. Up. When using different types of grain (kernels, flakes, and hulls) it's really important that it all gets mixed well outside of the mash tun.
  • Check the crush yourself (in batch #1 I didn't watch my LHBSS run it through the mill). Make sure you're seeing the somewhat powdery white innards of the grains.

Thanks everyone for helping me think through this one!
I have never used rice hulls but it does not seem that using more would increase chances of channeling. More may be a waste though.

I don't think that mixing your grains before adding to the mash water would make any difference. When I mill my own I do one type at a time so they are layered and have never had a problem. But, you must stir the mash really well.

I do agree that you need to make sure the crush is good.
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:41 PM   #13
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THIS is why I love homebrewing. Particularly all grain brewing. There are so many components that you can control about it, but also more things that can go awry if you're not careful. But I love the aspect of figuring it all out. There was a problem and you fixed it and figured out why it happened. I LOVE HOMEBREWING!
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