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Old 10-05-2007, 07:32 AM   #11
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uncovered or covered works fine......I would suggest you sanitize your lid though, as steam from the wort will create droplets that may pick up bugs from the lid. I always revert back to the "Ancient" argument; that is, "Hey, they made good beer 500 years ago, without these conditions!"

Do whatever makes you less paranoid about your beer!

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Old 10-05-2007, 03:03 PM   #12
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"Hey, they made good beer 500 years ago, without these conditions!"

Do whatever makes you less paranoid about your beer!
I couldn't agree more
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Old 10-05-2007, 03:09 PM   #13
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Just tossing out an idea here - I have no idea if this is correct, but it seems like if the objective is to cool the wort as quickly as possible that you'd want to leave the lid off so that more heat can escape quickly ?? Just an idea.

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Old 10-05-2007, 03:09 PM   #14
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I cover mine with a clean towel. It keeps bugs & leaves out while letting the steam escape without condensing and falling back into the wort.

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Old 10-05-2007, 05:58 PM   #15
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I cover mine with a clean towel. It keeps bugs & leaves out while letting the steam escape without condensing and falling back into the wort.
Same here. A little off topic, I bought a huge package of bar mops (cheap hand towels) at Sam's Club for really cheap and they are great for brewing. I use them for cleaning up wort spills, as potholders when dealing with the hot brew kettle/lid, toss one on the floor to protect it when I bring the brew kettle inside to hook up the IC to the sink, lay a clean one over the kettle during chilling, and then use them to clean out the kettle at the end - just to name a few uses. Then the pile of them goes right into the washing machine afterward.
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Old 10-05-2007, 06:25 PM   #16
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Old 10-05-2007, 06:31 PM   #17
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I'm usually a little more concerned once the wort temp hits 130F or lower especially since I sometimes mill my grain in the same garage where I brew. I cover the pot as soon as the temp hits 140F and leave it there but then again, I use a CFC so I don't need to stir.

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Old 10-05-2007, 06:59 PM   #18
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Uncovered for me (using an immersion chiller). The cooling process is a lot faster when you can stir.

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