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Old 02-26-2009, 06:11 PM   #1
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Default Can I rack 5 gallons of brew to a 6 gallon carboy?

Ok, so ive been searching for this thread without luck, and I know it is on here cause I saw it before, so I am sorry for re-posting this question. I just need to know. Is it ok to rack to secondary a 5 gal batch in a 6 gal better bottle? Thanks!

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Old 02-26-2009, 06:15 PM   #2
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Yes. Beer in secondary still is going to give off CO2 when transferred and the racking process will ensure that the beer is covered with a CO2 layer. You might not do it for real long term aging, but for a few weeks or so it will be fine.

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Thats what I was thinking, but I was not sure how long it would take to oxidize. Thanks!

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if you are worried and have a kegging setup, you could fill the better bottle with co2 prior to racking as well.

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Thats very true, albeit, i'm not up to kegging yet, so I don't really keep CO2 on hand.

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Ok, i'll ask...why are you set on doing a secondary? i'd be tempted to go primary only, rather than rack to an oversized secondary?

How old is the batch?

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if you use a blowoff tube, you could cap the bottle with two tubes in it and run one over to hang inside BB to catch co2, but that's probably more of a pain than it's worth.

If you aren't doing a secondary for a reason (fruiting, dry hopping, etc.) then you could also just leave the beer in primary. I only use secondaries for those purposes, but 90% of the time I finish the beer in the primary, then go straight to the keg.

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Ok, i'll ask...why are you set on doing a secondary? i'd be tempted to go primary only, rather than rack to an oversized secondary?

How old is the batch?
Actually, I had just purchased new better bottles and realized i got 5 gal instead of 6 gal. I was wondering if I should just return both 5 gal for 6 gal and see if I could use one as a secondary...or....keep one of the 5 gal for secondary only. but, i think ill keep both 6 gal and use as a secondary every now and then....
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Thats very true, albeit, i'm not up to kegging yet, so I don't really keep CO2 on hand.
Ghetto CO2 generator:



Plastic jug with a stopper and hose. Bit of dry ice in the bottom. Or dry ice and a bit of water. CO2 vents out the hose. Stick hose in the carboy and fill it up. Since CO2 is heavier than air you can watch it fill up and start to overflow. Cap the carboy until ready to rack.
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Actually, I had just purchased new better bottles and realized i got 5 gal instead of 6 gal. I was wondering if I should just return both 5 gal for 6 gal and see if I could use one as a secondary...or....keep one of the 5 gal for secondary only. but, i think ill keep both 6 gal and use as a secondary every now and then....

Ok thanks Aco...I'm actually no help here as I don't secondary...perhaps I don't brew recipes that require long bulk aging. I tend to primary only and then go straight to keg. My brewing lends itself more to buckets and shorter term projects, so I see no use for the better bottles?? Maybe for a wine or heavy brew that you want to lay away I guess.
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