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Old 09-11-2013, 01:57 PM   #1
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I was wondering how do you (if you do) protect your wort when you brew outside. Specially when you're cooling the wort. Flies could drop inside (That's sweet heh) along many other dirty things. I cannot put a lit on top since I have a immersion chiller that prevent the lit from sitting on it. Aluminium foil?

 
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Old 09-11-2013, 02:05 PM   #2
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I've got a crappy box fan on an extension cord that I set blowing just over the top of the kettle while it's cooling. Seems to keep the flies out pretty well. If they do get in, hopefully they settle into the trub.

 
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Old 09-11-2013, 02:07 PM   #3
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Damp cheesecloth or towel or anything

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Old 09-11-2013, 02:11 PM   #4
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I use an immersion chiller as well. I've bent the input and output ends so they rest on the lip of the kettle. Then I can place the lid on the chiller ends so the kettle is mostly covered.

I don't put the lid on until the wort has dropped below 140F in order to avoid problems with DMS.
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Old 09-11-2013, 02:12 PM   #5
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I brew in my garage, but I'd like to brew outside occasionally.

I agree with he bugs and leaves thing.

I've always wondered how direct sunlight will effect the hops in the wort. Anyone know the answer to that? Is it even an issue?
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Old 09-11-2013, 02:16 PM   #6
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Damp cheesecloth or towel or anything
This. I soak one of my wife's old scrub tops in star-san and use it to cover the kettle while cooling.

Had my first experience brewing during love bug season last night. Was definitely much more of a hassle. I'm used to dealing with the bees, but the love bugs come in hoards and cover everything.

 
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Old 09-11-2013, 02:36 PM   #7
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Hasn't been much of an issue for me, but I partially cover the kettle with the lid. I use a plate chiller and recirculate the wort back into the kettle until I reach the desired temperature, so I have to leave the lid slightly ajar to run the return tubing back into the kettle. Once done chilling, I slip an autosiphon into the same gap and rack to the fermenter.

No bugs so far (knock on wood).

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Old 09-11-2013, 02:41 PM   #8
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This. I soak one of my wife's old scrub tops in star-san and use it to cover the kettle while cooling.

Had my first experience brewing during love bug season last night. Was definitely much more of a hassle. I'm used to dealing with the bees, but the love bugs come in hoards and cover everything.
I never knew those damn things were called love bugs. There is no love for them in my house.

I brew in the garage but I cool in my kitchen sink. I would like to try the IC when I have the means to get one and then I'm going to take the cheesecloth advice. Also, a fan seems helpful for some bugs when I am brewing and it keeps me slightly cooler.

 
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Old 09-11-2013, 03:05 PM   #9
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I never knew those damn things were called love bugs. There is no love for them in my house.
I hear you. I grew up in the Northeast, and never knew anything about them until I got stationed at Ft Polk, LA with my brand new car I just had bought and shipped from Germany. I'm normally a respect nature type of person, but after seeing what one season of these bugs can do to a vehicle...they can kiss my a$$. Nuke 'em.

 
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Old 09-11-2013, 03:14 PM   #10
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You can cut a notch in your lid to accommodate the chiller.

Heavy-duty aluminum foil sprayed with Star-San also works quite well. I use it every batch to cover the 15.5g keggle in my E-BIAB system during chilling and settling.
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