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Old 05-15-2012, 07:21 PM   #1
Mar 2012
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It's bottling day and I wanted to know if I should be covering the top of my bottling bucket to prevent anything from getting in? Dust, contaminates, etc...

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Old 05-15-2012, 07:24 PM   #2
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I have done both ways with no noticable differences, but I normally just lightly place my fermenting bucket lid on the bottling bucket to make sure nothing nasty from the air gets into the beer. Don't place the lid on tight though.
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Old 05-15-2012, 07:57 PM   #3
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I've never covered mine through 88 brews.
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:02 PM   #4
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put a lid on it better safe than sorry.

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Old 05-15-2012, 08:35 PM   #5
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When I still bottled I usually put some cellophane over the top to prevent anything airborne from falling in accidentally
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:37 PM   #6
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Just try not to drool when your head is over the opening.

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Old 05-15-2012, 08:44 PM   #7
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Just don't sneeze into it and you should be good.
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:45 PM   #8
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I always grabbed a clean plate to cover the top while bottling. Was just the right size.

Necessary? Not really, but made my mind rest a little easier.

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Old 05-15-2012, 09:39 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by dcott View Post
Just don't sneeze into it and you should be good.
This is not funny

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Old 05-15-2012, 11:24 PM   #10
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It's alcohol at this point, and not a friendly environment for bacteria or wild yeast. I have never covered my bottling bucket, but if you have an extra lid sitting around, it certainly wouldn't hurt.

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