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Old 09-06-2006, 07:57 PM   #1
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Default Can I use an 8 gallon carboy?

The lady that runs the winemaking/homebrew shop has an 8gal carboy that she says is too big for her to use. She'll sell it to me for $10. Can I use it as a fermentor for 5 gal batches? Would there be any downside to this?

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Old 09-06-2006, 08:16 PM   #2
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Buy it. You don't want too much head space in your secondary, but it's fine in your primary. I'd love to come across a deal like that. I've got a 6.5, but I just started making wine and it needs an 8 gallon fermentor.

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Yeah, that sounds like a fine deal. A great primary probably without the need for a blow off tube. You want about 5.5 gallons to begin with anyway so that you can get to 5 when bottling\kegging.

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If you dont want it I'll take it.

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Well, I picked it up today for $10.

I'm not sure if it really is 8 gallons now that I look at it. I'll have to get home from work and fill it with my bucket to see.

Can't wait to put my next brew in it!

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I'm not sure if it really is 8 gallons now that I look at it. I'll have to get home from work and fill it with my bucket to see.
Most carboys have their capacity listed on the bottom.
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So make a batch-and-a-half, 7 1/2 gallons. No more work to brew, just a little more to bottle...

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