From the HBD Archive
From: Martin A. Lodahl <hplabs!pbmoss!mal>
Subject: A Covered Boil
Date: 1990-02-15 17:51:31 GMT

In HOMEBREW Digest #358, Bob Techentin asked:

"Does anybody boil their wort with the lid on the kettle?"

Well, sort of. I leave the lid on the kettle during most of the
time it's heating toward boiling, removing it to stir occasionally.
Once it's boiling, I leave the burners on full blast, with the lid
ajar (about a 1" opening). If it looks like the wort volume is not
being reduced enough, I'll increase the gap.

Like many others, I use the last 15 minutes of the boil to scald my
immersion chiller, and usually leave the kettle uncovered then.
Noonan (in "Brewing Lager Beer") advocated, if I recall, leaving the
kettle uncovered to drive off I-forget-what, but I've never tested
it rigorously. I have tried turning down the heat, but got poor
hops utilization and a miserable hot break.

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