Originally Posted by DonPritchard
When I went to run off I got about an ounce of wort with a little grain and nothing I did could get it unclogged. I might need to find a way to keep the false bottom from moving around. Perhaps I stirred to vigorously when adding the grain. Trail and error.
OK, you had a stuck sparge.
Very common in fact I had trouble the first time I used my false bottom.
The trick is when first starting runoff, GO SLOW!
Get the flow trickling and increase gradually until you get good flow and then vorlauf the first half gallon or so right back into the tun. I run close to a gallon back into the tun before the first drop makes it into the kettle.
Same goes for after my batch sparges and stirs.
Once you figure out how to make it happen on YOUR system, it becomes second nature and just part of the process.