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Old 06-09-2013, 04:48 PM   #1
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I brewed up a barley wine 3 weeks ago, and I transfered it to an open better bottle I had. The thing is, it's a 6 gallon vessel, and I have seen that you want as little head space as possible while aging/conditioning. Do you think it'll be fine with about a gallons worth of head space, or should I go pick up a 5 gal vessel and transfer to avoid oxidation?

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Old 06-09-2013, 04:57 PM   #2
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If you've already transferred I wouldn't do it again to avoid oxidation. You can put a bunch of sanitized marbles in sacks in the carboy to displace the headspace. It might take a bunch though.

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Old 06-09-2013, 08:13 PM   #3
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That's good idea. I think I would need to spend about as much in marbles as I would for a 5 gallon vessel lol I will have to look into that

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Here's a strange idea. What about a big balloon? Sanitize it and put it in deflated. The inflate it until you have no headspace? Might affect flavor though... Maybe just a bad idea after all.

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If you have a co2 tank, just put a layer of co2 on your beer.

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Ohhh! I do have co2. I'll do that Thanks

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Just test it with a lighter, if it goes out your good to go

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It seems some of the simple answers are not only the most difficult to come by, they are also the best.
It makes learning a joy.
I'll drink to that

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Here's a strange idea. What about a big balloon? Sanitize it and put it in deflated. The inflate it until you have no headspace? Might affect flavor though... Maybe just a bad idea after all.
Lol! Love how you had a great idea at the beginning an then talked yourself out of it. Haha.
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Lol! Love how you had a great idea at the beginning an then talked yourself out of it. Haha.
It would have easier to delete the text and skip the post but I thought someone would appreciate the thought process.
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