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Old 08-23-2008, 07:18 AM   #11
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Have to confess that my first (and only so far) AG brew was done with the lid half on, half off! It's almost ready to keg now and tastes awesome but my quantities were somewhat out, ended up with about 25l when I was aiming for 23.5l. Apologies for metric. However, SG was 1.044 at the start so should be a nice 4.5% or so brew when done.


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Old 08-23-2008, 03:48 PM   #12
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It'll significantly help avoid boil-overs too...
I learned that one the hard way, boiled over extract sticks like tar.


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Old 08-24-2008, 03:04 AM   #13
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I, while still doing partial boil extract kits, find that if I leave the lid on that I get boilovers. If I put the lid on till the boil starts and then remove it for the remainder, it boils but doesn't come close to foaming up and allows my apartment to fill with the sweet smell of wort.

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Old 08-24-2008, 11:35 AM   #14
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I leave the lid on until my 5-gal boil is at 200F+, then the lid comes off and when I get the bubbling a few minutes later, in go the hops, specialty grains and (usually part of) the extract.
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Old 08-24-2008, 11:40 AM   #15
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I brew outside, or if its raining or windy, in my garage with the door open, so i leave the lid on till i get to boiling then put the lid half on half off to let out the nasties but help prevent anything from falling in, leaves pine needles, bugs etc... just my 2 pesos
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Old 08-24-2008, 12:14 PM   #16
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I usually leave the lid on as far as I can just because it uses less fuel. I also don't want debris falling in it either. Of course, I was unaware of this DMS so practices will prob. change. Kyle
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Old 08-24-2008, 01:59 PM   #17
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I brew outside too. As with the others, I leave my lid on until it gets to boiling and then set it ajar to prevent boil overs but still protect from UFOs.

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Old 08-25-2008, 02:54 PM   #18
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With the wind in my open back yard and the weak output of my electric stove I leave the lid partially on to minimize evaporation but let the bulk of the nasties out.
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Old 08-25-2008, 06:10 PM   #19
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I have left the lid on once and that is when i got a boilover....
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Old 08-25-2008, 08:35 PM   #20
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i leave the lid on about half on/half off. I dont want to let out the heat but still lets the nastys out


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