Originally Posted by BigBam
i just use a flat head screw driver right at the area where the notch is. pry up and around one at a time and voila, off it comes. added plus, you probably already have one laying around the house.
i agree with not cutting the lid. i am afraid the seal may/would be compromised.
No it shouldn't be compromised. They are made so they don't "pop" open in transit if they should fall over or get knocked about. I always just cut the bottom of the slit so I can get the lid off. The seal is inside the lid, not the outer edge.
The lid on your bucket is really just to keep stuff from getting/falling in and not much more. Once fermetation starts, you don't really need the lid at all. If you were to put it in a room with very little airflow, you could take the lid off and make it an open fermenter...
Germans have been doing it for hundreds of years...