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Old 01-26-2008, 04:19 PM   #1
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Default Lid or No when cooling wort?

I know that cooling the wort quickly is crucial. So, my question is, I don't have a wort chiller yet (will soon) but when I use an ice bath should I leave the lid on or not? I know that leaving the lid on can keep chemicals in that need to be evaporated. But also I know leaving the lid off is source of contamination. So what is the best way to do this?

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Old 01-26-2008, 04:23 PM   #2
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I always keep a lid on my brew kettle after flame out. If you are going to be careful with sanitization don't you want your wort covered when it cools? There is lots of crud floating around the air that could drop into your wort.

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Old 01-26-2008, 04:24 PM   #3
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Lid on and aluminum foil over any openings

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If you are using an ice bath stirring the wort will help it cool much faster and you can't stir with the lid on.....

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I would use a lid and just remove it when you need to stir, much less exposure that way

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Old 01-26-2008, 05:09 PM   #6
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I constantly stir mine with an IC, never used a lid. Havent had any problems yet.

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Old 01-26-2008, 05:17 PM   #7
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I'm assuming you are doing extract recipes. In that case you don't need to worry about retaining DMS in your wort while cooling. That is only a problem with all grain, particularly with lagers. I keep mine covered as much as possible during the cooling phase as your wort is at risk of contamination from dust borne yeast and bacteria.

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Alright, well I just purchased an IC from the LHBS. Should I modify the lid to accept the IC?

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no lid here.....lids are for sissies j/k

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I don't use a lid either. I would not modify a lid to accept an IC.

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