Sunday, June 8, 2014

Brewing a Wheat Beer using Rice Hulls

The rice hulls in the 5 gallon bucket can keep
the mash from becoming stuck.
Brewing a wheat beer can be tricky. The grains of wheat are small, and become very thick when wet. This can cause the mash to become stuck, and slow the transfer of wort from the mash tun to the brew kettle. I recommend alternating types of grain with the wheat. In the case of Randy's Warhawk Wheat, I alternate a bag of Pilsen malt with a bag of wheat rather than dumping all the wheat in together. Another thing you can do is use rice hulls to narrow channels in the grain bed for the sparge to flow through en route to the brew kettle. I use one 5 gallon bucket for every 50lbs of wheat.
At Randy's, we use a grant to vorlauf the wort.

After the "mash in" there is a process called vorlauf which takes the smaller particulates from the bottom of the grain bed, and deposits them on top. This creates a natural filter keeping a large portion of smaller particulates out of the brew kettle. 


I'd be inclined to think that the use of rice hulls in the mashing of a wheat beer, would decrease the effectiveness of the vorlauf. But after using some very technical equipment, my eyes and a glass, I see that the vorlauf is just as effective and there are very few particulates swimming around in the glass after only 10 minutes of circulation. 

I've found that alternating grain types with the wheat beer, seems to be as effective as using rice hulls. Although the rices hulls do not alter the mouth feel of the beer, or give it an unusual taste, sometimes getting the hulls out of their transport bag is more work than dealing with a stuck mash. So I'd rather not use them myself. 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Filtering an Amber Lager

Today my son and I filtered an amber lager. When he grows up he wants to be a brewmaster.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Mead Class BJCP Class

Tonight, a small group from the Beer Barons met to learn about Mead with a view on getting certified to judge Mead classes at competitions. It was a great class, taught by Diane and Jeff Kane. Five more weeks of classes!


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Wisconsin Cheese and Beer Pairing - Beer Barons September Meeting

Tonight's meeting of the Beer Barons was an excellent one. It featured Sarah Hill from the Wisconsin Cheese Marketing Board with a presentation on beer and cheese pairing. All the beers were Wisconsin brews paired with Wisconsin cheese. Only the best!


Saturday, December 31, 2011

Brewing a Warhawk Wheat and Enjoying a Prime Rib

Preparing to brew the wheat.

Wort transfer.
Quality check.

Fermenters 1 and 2 have an India Pale Ale and an Amber Lager fementing in them. Now I've brewed up a Warhawk Wheat and it's fermenting in 3.

A lot of times when transferring the wort from the mash tun to the brew kettle, it get's stuck with a wheat beer because the particulates are
so small. Today I alternated grain types when mashing in. It seemed to help and the transfer didn't get "stuck."

Enjoyed some India Pale Ale and a prime rib. It's GREAT to be the brewmaster!