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Title: Lids?
Post by: iamjamesp on November 06, 2009, 03:03:23 AM
Hello, with regards to extract brewing, do you all use lids on your brew kettle or keep them on only during certain times of the brewing?  Cheers,
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Post by: beerocd on November 06, 2009, 05:24:10 AM
no lids! Oh, except while it's cooling to keep stuff out of it. :D

-OCD
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Post by: richt on November 06, 2009, 02:49:12 PM
Keeping the lid on while boiling is a bad idea.  Even with extract there is a risk of DMS (cooked corn and vegetable flavors and aromas), boiling drives this off, but with a lid on it'll go back in your beer.  In addition, if you keep the lid on you're much more likely to get boilovers.
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Post by: denny on November 06, 2009, 04:26:10 PM
I recall hearing that as long as you have 15-20% open space on the top of your kettle you'll be OK.  So, lid partially off at least.
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Post by: brewboy on November 06, 2009, 04:29:22 PM
I only lay mine on the keggle opening for the last 15 minutes to sanitize it and I still leave it open by about 40%.
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Post by: niquejim on November 06, 2009, 07:28:42 PM
I only lay mine on the keggle opening for the last 15 minutes to sanitize it and I still leave it open by about 40%.


+1
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Post by: onthekeg on November 06, 2009, 08:48:33 PM
all the commercial kettles have 10% or less on the vent, so I am not sure that we as homebrewers aren't a little extreme on the lid usage.
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Post by: brewboy on November 06, 2009, 08:55:19 PM
all the commercial kettles have 10% or less on the vent, so I am not sure that we as homebrewers aren't a little extreme on the lid usage.

True, but they have excellent ventilation and likely power vents.
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Post by: denny on November 06, 2009, 09:41:03 PM
all the commercial kettles have 10% or less on the vent, so I am not sure that we as homebrewers aren't a little extreme on the lid usage.

OTOH, we aren't commercial brewers so what applies tp them may not apply to us.
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Post by: onthekeg on November 07, 2009, 02:17:18 AM
The main reason I stated earlier about the commercial breweries is that they cannot remove the lid and the condensation drips back into their kettle.  I understand they may have a fan pulling on the kettle but they don't have a way to remove the lid as we do, and their beers aren't butter bombs.
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Post by: dean on November 07, 2009, 02:29:31 PM
Installing a flexible metal duct and power vent doesn't seem like it would be difficult to make and give it a try.   A metal flexible dryer vent pipe should work and be quite handy so you could swing it away anytime you wanted.   :)

Added:  I think I'd put a trap close to the lid, maybe a couple feet away and drill a small hole in it so any condensed steam could drain away from the brew pot.  jmo....
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Post by: weazletoe on November 07, 2009, 02:45:18 PM
Sorry NB guys, I know you're all sick of this by now.

   But, do you mean a hood kind of like this?

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd235/Weazletoe/S5001297.jpg)
Title: Re: Lids?
Post by: dean on November 07, 2009, 02:48:32 PM
I think he means he wants to put a lid on the brew pot or keg.  Connecting a powered vent to the lid is what I was talking about, not a vent hood.   ;)
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Post by: weazletoe on November 07, 2009, 03:03:57 PM
Man, I really gotta start reading entire posts...... ::)
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Post by: iamjamesp on November 10, 2009, 03:38:58 AM
Thanks for all the replies! I'll keep the lid off.  Gee w-toe, think my apartment manager would let me do that? ;D
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Post by: weazletoe on November 10, 2009, 10:24:50 PM
One way to find out!
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Post by: novabrew on November 11, 2009, 02:58:51 AM
The Saw!  I saw the Saw.
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Post by: weazletoe on November 11, 2009, 03:38:42 AM
I want on this board to embrace the saw, from early on.
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Post by: rabid_dingo on November 11, 2009, 06:08:50 AM
Damn. I wanted to be the first to point at the saw...I missed that saw. You aren't leaving it in the move, are ya?
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Post by: weazletoe on November 12, 2009, 03:09:01 AM
Oh no. The saw stays with me, and will be forever part of Three Taverns Brewers.