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Lids?

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iamjamesp:
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,

beerocd:
no lids! Oh, except while it's cooling to keep stuff out of it. :D

-OCD

richt:
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.

denny:
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.

brewboy:
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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