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Old 06-19-2013, 06:34 PM   #301
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Old 08-19-2013, 05:50 PM   #302
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Very helpful info right there, I definitely need work in the sparging area, but atleast I got 5 points higher yesterday versus the last batch. Work in progress.


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Old 10-16-2013, 06:52 PM   #303
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What is a stuck sparge?

 
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Old 10-16-2013, 06:54 PM   #304
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What is a stuck sparge?
It's when your run-off from the mash tun stops because the filter, used to separate grain from wort, gets clogged.

 
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Old 10-16-2013, 07:53 PM   #305
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It's when your run-off from the mash tun stops because the filter, used to separate grain from wort, gets clogged.
Or the grain bed compacts so tightly that no wort can get through.
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Or the grain bed compacts so tightly that no wort can get through.
shoot... how do I avoid that? Other than not over-crushing grains?

 
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Old 10-17-2013, 04:23 PM   #307
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shoot... how do I avoid that? Other than not over-crushing grains?
To be honest, it's not as much of a worry as it sounds like. It depends a lot in what kind of lauter system you use. I've never had a stuck run off in 446 batches using a hose braid. Generally, using a pump without a grant or running off too quickly with a poorly designed lautering system are the causes of it. I start my runoff slowly to set the grainbed without compacting it, and after that I increase runoff to full speed.
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Old 10-22-2013, 04:09 PM   #308
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How soon do you increase your runoff rate (during first running, second running...) or is there a good way to tell if your grain bed is set? Ive only batch sparged twice and I've been a little timid increasing my runoff speed.

 
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How soon do you increase your runoff rate (during first running, second running...) or is there a good way to tell if your grain bed is set? Ive only batch sparged twice and I've been a little timid increasing my runoff speed.
I vorlauf a qt. or two slowly then go to ful speed runoff.
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Old 10-26-2013, 05:54 PM   #310
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Brewed up a big stout the other day and ended up with 90% brewhouse efficiency. I've never had anything over 85% in the past but this time I decided to condition my grain about 10 mins before crushing. I tightened my crush from .35 down to .30 and got a great, fluffy crush after conditioning. I'm definitely a convert now!



 
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