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Mash volume when using rice hulls

 
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PostLink    Posted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:58 am    Post subject: Mash volume when using rice hulls Reply with quote


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Depending on what I'm brewing I'll use a bit of rice hulls to prevent a stuck mash. Maybe the rice hulls do nothing but give me piece of mind.

Anyway, when using rice hulls in the mash are the rice hulls included when calculating the amount of mash water needed?

As an example, my recipe has 20 lbs of grains. I'll include 1 lb of rice hulls too. Do I calculate the mash water needed using 20 lbs or 21 lbs?

Thanks.
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PostLink    Posted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a good question. I've never added additional water but maybe I should be.
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PostLink    Posted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would include the rice hulls in your total grist calculation as rice hulls do soak up water, just like grain.

P.S. Definitely nothing wrong with using rice hulls if you have concerns with stuck mash/sparges. There are no downsides (other than slightly extra cost and the fact that rice hulls are a $*&@#! pain to work with as they're messy/always full of static)

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