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Conical Lids

Do I Need A Lid for My Conicals?

In the past, conical were not used by home brewers as only commercial-grade ones were available. Recently, many companies that cater to home brewers have released smaller and affordable conicals so that homebrewers can also take advantage of these professional fermenters. Conicals are made from steel thus they are easy to clean and are durable.

Conicals are preferred by many seasoned home brewers because aside from being able to maximize the fermentation process of the brew, it also allows easy transfer of the wort without the need to siphon it. You can also apply CO2 pressure to force the beer out from the bottom for easy transfer. (continue reading below)
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But what if your conical lids get damaged through time due to accidental falls? Should you just use your conicals without a proper lid? The thing is that fermentation should occur in an anaerobic environment although it can also occur in slightly aerobic conditions, or with the presence of Oxygen. However, the presence of too much Oxygen increases the amounts of diacetyl that affects the final flavour of beer. Production of diacetyl in beer also increases the spoilage of your favorite brew.

Thus, it is imperative that your conicals are paired with proper lid to commence and optimize fermentation so that you get beer with great taste and flavour. If you see dents in your conical lid, then make sure that you replace it with a new one.

When you are choosing a new lid for your conical, make sure that you opt for those that will have a snug fit over the conical opening. To find out if the conical lid is appropriate for your fermenter, make sure that you know the gallon capacity of your fermenter. Since fermenters follow a standard design, you match the lid with the gallon capacity of your conical.