Did you cut back on the bittering hops?Ugh!!!! My first all grain did not start off well. Ended up using a pain strainer. My pre-boil gravity was 1.024. It was supposed to be 1.036.
How bad is this?
The wort is still boiling away. About another 20 minutes left in the boil.
It is the real stainless. I watched out for that. I did insert a piece of copper pipe inside of it. The copper pipe has a lot of holes that I drilled. They are smooth and evenly spaced along the lenght.Make sure the braid is actually stainless and not the gray plastic garbage that they've started using on some plumbing fittings. It's an easy mistake to make, since the plastic looks quite similar to a real braid.
that is going to be a lite beer. it is hard to help if there is no info. did you take the tube out of the braid before installing? if your braid is only stainless braid is the opposite end at least pinched off or something, try giving the mash a good stir and see what happens, you will have to vorlauf again.
I agree with Bobby, have you tried once without the copper in the braid?
Just putting in my suggestion. Use a flase bottom if you can. I have used false bottems every time doing AG and I have never had a problem. I use a 5 gallon igloo container with a 9inch stainless false bottem and have used a plastic one as well. Never had a problem. Depending on the size, u can get them for 25$ or less!
Agreed. See the braid below....see how beaten up it is? That was over 200 batches ago and it looks even worse now. But it's _never_ collapsed, even with nearly 30 lb. of grain. Just get the right braid and you'll be fine.I'm pretty sure that internal copper pipe has something to do with it. You closed off a lot of the open area of the braid.
Sorry to revive an old thread, but THIS works. I just encountered a stopped and then SLOOWWW sparge, followed this method, and I'm back in business.Do you have any rice hulls on hand? If so, rinse about a half pound with boiling water in a strainer and throw them in. Stir, and try again.