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Old 02-12-2007, 11:16 PM   #11
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I have an old screen window that I put over the top of the keggle during chilling in spring and early summer when there's a lot of crap in the air and in fall when the leaves are falling. Otherwise, I generally don't bother, or else a lay a jelly-roll pan over the top of the keggle (it mostly covers).


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No lid... unless it's snowing (or raining) then I just plop it on there with no notches.


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Old 02-13-2007, 02:40 PM   #13
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I think this falls within whatever your general level of infeciton paranoia is. I used to go on faith with an open top because I always had to fiddle with my chiller as beer4 does. Then I noticed that if you get your wort spinning (whirlpooling) just prior to running the chiller, you can cover it for the whole cooling process. At that point, I notched my lid so it's one less potential exposure.
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Old 02-13-2007, 03:23 PM   #14
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I notched my lid so it's one less potential exposure.
What did you use for notching the lid?
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Old 02-13-2007, 03:37 PM   #15
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I cover mine with aluminum foil as it cools.

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Old 02-13-2007, 04:39 PM   #16
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No lid, I actually "stir" the wort with my chiller to keep the wort moving over the coils. This seems to help me cool much faster. Also, if I don't "stir" I have a hard time getting to 70*F.
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Stir your wort to the point where it's all spinning really well (without frothing). Put the lid on and let the chiller run. I used to do the wiggle the chiller thing too to break up the zones but nothing chills as fast as whirlpooling. I used a cutoff wheel on my grinder to notch the lid. It took a few seconds and I followed up with a little sandpaper to dull the edges. Before I notched it, I'd just set it down a little off center. At least 80% of the opening is shielding wild yeast.
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I cover mine with aluminum foil as it cools.

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Same here. A double thickness of heavy duty AF. I crimp it tightly around the edge, then place the lid on it at an angle.
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Old 02-15-2007, 11:04 PM   #19
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No cover, no problems.
RDWHAHB, have faith.

Don't forget that lots of people brew in open fermenters.

The monks have lots of faith.

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When I cooled outside I cut a notch in the lid. Too many gulls flying around at times and why take a chance on a contribution from one of them when a cover works fine.
Now I cool inside, so my paranoia is not justified.


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