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Offline Kevin J

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Using 5 gallon glass carboy for primary fermenter
« on: July 11, 2011, 03:28:22 PM »
What size of batch can I use in a 5 gallon primary fermentor?
How much head space is needed?
Thanks!

Offline MaltLicker

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Re: Using 5 gallon glass carboy for primary fermenter
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2011, 03:38:13 PM »
Four gallons in a five-gallon carboy is my norm.  Level is usually right above the top raised-line near the shoulder.  

I've started using a blow-off tube every time, even with typically low-head yeast.  Got tired of cleaning airlocks.  
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Offline Maine Homebrewer

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Re: Using 5 gallon glass carboy for primary fermenter
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2011, 05:10:20 PM »
I would purchase a 6.5 gallon carboy and use the 5 as a secondary.

Either way you most definitely should use a blow-off tube.
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Re: Using 5 gallon glass carboy for primary fermenter
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2011, 07:06:56 PM »
Four gallons in a five-gallon carboy is my norm.  Level is usually right above the top raised-line near the shoulder.  

I've started using a blow-off tube every time, even with typically low-head yeast.  Got tired of cleaning airlocks.  
+1

I usually try to use a blow off tube or one of the single bubble fermentation locks. The double bubble fermentation locks were always problematic for me.

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Re: Using 5 gallon glass carboy for primary fermenter
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2011, 08:28:00 PM »
Why the carboy for primary?  I have always used it as secondary?  Just curious..  I really like the bucket let off especially when building something stout..... would hate to see a serious blow off and detonation of quality beer with only one chance IN THE CARBOY. ;) (BEEN THERE DONE THAT.) :(

Thanks Ryan.

 

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