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Old 10-31-2011, 02:30 PM   #1
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I searched the forums and found a couple threads relating to this but not exactly the same. The other posts were about brewing 1gal in a 5gal carboy.

I want to try blending 2 recipes at secondary to allow distinct flavors to meld together. So I want to brew 2gal of the first recipe (14-21 days in primary) and 3gal of the second recipe (14 days in primary). They will be racked to the same secondary carboy for a total of 5gal.

the problem is I only have 5gal carboys. Will that amt of headspace really matter in primary (ie, max of 3gal headspace for up to 21 day). what if I purge the top of the carboy with CO2 after I add the liquid before airlocking?

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Old 10-31-2011, 02:36 PM   #2
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You're fine. I ferment 3 gal test batches in a 5 gallon carboy. The co2 produced by fermentation will fill the headspace and push any air out of the airlock.
Rack as you normally do and everything should be fine.

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thanks for the quick reply. so flushing the headspace with CO2 isn't necessary?

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No, the co2 from fermentation will

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Fill the headspace. Sorry hit reply early.

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