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Old 02-17-2009, 01:03 AM   #1
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Hey, so I just purchased two 5 gal better bottle carboys which i was quite excited about, but then I realized...do i need to be using 6 gal carboys for 5 gal batches? Did i just blow it?

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Old 02-17-2009, 01:05 AM   #2
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Hey, so I just purchased two 5 gal better bottle carboys which i was quite excited about, but then I realized...do i need to be using 6 gal carboys for 5 gal batches? Did i just blow it?

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Old 02-17-2009, 01:07 AM   #3
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5 gallon carboys will work, but 6 gallon are preferred for primary fermentation. Be sure to use a blow-off tube for the first few days of fermentation. You'll probably lose a little bit of beer, but not enough to worry about.

My first two extract batches were fermented in 5 gallon carboys. 1 was fine, the other had a lot of blow-off... maybe a quart.

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Old 02-17-2009, 01:10 AM   #4
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I'm just wondering if it's worth it to return them for 6 gallon carboys....

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I regret my two 5 gallon BB purchases. If you can I would definitely return these. If you can't and you plan to use these as primaries you will have to plan for blowoff and 4-4.5 g batches.

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You'll be better off using a 6 gallon carboy to ferment 5 gallons in. If you do use the 5 gallon carboys you'll want to use a blow-off tube and you'll loose some of your beer that way. You could also look into "foam control" drops that really help keep the krausen (foam) low.

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In a word, yes. 5 gallon carboys don't work well for 5 gallon batches because of blowoff. You'll lose at least half a gallon of wort when that sucker erupts. A minimum of 6 gallons is recommended for 5 gallon batches.

Look at it this way, now you have a place to rack your beer out of the primary to so you can get your pipeline going

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You could always scale your recipes for 4 gallons

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Thanks... *sigh*

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