Author Topic: Lids?  (Read 2799 times)

Offline iamjamesp

  • 1st Kit
  • *
  • Posts: 5
    • View Profile
Lids?
« on: November 05, 2009, 08:03:23 PM »
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,

Offline beerocd

  • Senior Brewmaster
  • ******
  • Posts: 1400
    • View Profile
Re: Lids?
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2009, 10:24:10 PM »
no lids! Oh, except while it's cooling to keep stuff out of it. :D

-OCD
The moral majority, is neither.

Offline richt

  • Cellarman
  • **
  • Posts: 33
    • View Profile
    • My blog
Re: Lids?
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2009, 07:49:12 AM »
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.
On Tap: IPA, Amber, Emma's Brown, Barleywine
Fermenting/Conditioning: Sour project, Bourbon barrel Barleywine, Kit IPA
http://www.razebrewing.com
http://adventuresinhomebrew.blogspot.com

Offline denny

  • Administrator
  • I must live here
  • *****
  • Posts: 11643
  • Noti OR [1991.4, 287.6deg] AR
    • View Profile
    • Dennybrew
Re: Lids?
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2009, 09:26:10 AM »
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.
Life begins at 60.....1.060, that is!

www.dennybrew.com

The best, sharpest, funniest, weirdest and most knowledgable minds in home brewing contribute on the AHA forum. - Alewyfe

brewboy

  • Guest
Re: Lids?
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2009, 09:29:22 AM »
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%.

Offline niquejim

  • Cellarman
  • **
  • Posts: 44
    • View Profile
Re: Lids?
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2009, 12:28:42 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
Burrowing Owl Brewery----Better things for better living...Through Debauchery and Inebriation

Offline onthekeg

  • Assistant Brewer
  • ***
  • Posts: 125
    • View Profile
Re: Lids?
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2009, 01:48:33 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.

brewboy

  • Guest
Re: Lids?
« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2009, 01:55:19 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.

Offline denny

  • Administrator
  • I must live here
  • *****
  • Posts: 11643
  • Noti OR [1991.4, 287.6deg] AR
    • View Profile
    • Dennybrew
Re: Lids?
« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2009, 02:41:03 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.
Life begins at 60.....1.060, that is!

www.dennybrew.com

The best, sharpest, funniest, weirdest and most knowledgable minds in home brewing contribute on the AHA forum. - Alewyfe

Offline onthekeg

  • Assistant Brewer
  • ***
  • Posts: 125
    • View Profile
Re: Lids?
« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2009, 07:17:18 PM »
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.

Offline dean

  • Brewmaster
  • *****
  • Posts: 922
  • Me and Hayden, my newest grandson.
    • View Profile
Re: Lids?
« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2009, 07:29:31 AM »
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....
« Last Edit: November 07, 2009, 07:45:19 AM by dean »

Offline weazletoe

  • Brewmaster General
  • *******
  • Posts: 2132
  • Poca-hell-hole, Idaho
    • View Profile
Re: Lids?
« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2009, 07:45:18 AM »
Sorry NB guys, I know you're all sick of this by now.

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

A man works hard all week, so he doesn't have to wear pants all weekend.

Offline dean

  • Brewmaster
  • *****
  • Posts: 922
  • Me and Hayden, my newest grandson.
    • View Profile
Re: Lids?
« Reply #12 on: November 07, 2009, 07:48:32 AM »
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.   ;)

Offline weazletoe

  • Brewmaster General
  • *******
  • Posts: 2132
  • Poca-hell-hole, Idaho
    • View Profile
Re: Lids?
« Reply #13 on: November 07, 2009, 08:03:57 AM »
Man, I really gotta start reading entire posts...... ::)
A man works hard all week, so he doesn't have to wear pants all weekend.

Offline iamjamesp

  • 1st Kit
  • *
  • Posts: 5
    • View Profile
Re: Lids?
« Reply #14 on: November 09, 2009, 08:38:58 PM »
Thanks for all the replies! I'll keep the lid off.  Gee w-toe, think my apartment manager would let me do that? ;D