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Old 12-17-2007, 04:36 PM   #1
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Default Ale pail measurements are off!

I just read the handy hint that the Ale Pails don't actually measure correctly for volume of your beer. I made a trippel last week, and filled the primary until it "looked" like about 5.25 gallons (as per the instructions with the kit). I just racked it over to secondary yesterday, and it was definitely not up to the level it should be.

I am worried about the issue of oxidation, but I also don't want to top up if that will dilute the flavor. The beer comes up to the curve of the Better Bottle (see picture). Is there anything I can or should do? Thanks!

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Old 12-17-2007, 04:39 PM   #2
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I wouldn't worry about it a bit. I secondary in better bottles with that level or less and haven't run into a problem yet.

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Old 12-17-2007, 04:44 PM   #3
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Whoa wait, what? The lines on the Ale Pail are wrong? Man I never took note of this. How far off are they, where is this 'handy hint' you speak of??

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Old 12-17-2007, 04:45 PM   #4
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I wouldn't worry about it a bit. I secondary in better bottles with that level or less and haven't run into a problem yet.
Sweet, thanks for the reassurance.
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Old 12-17-2007, 04:48 PM   #5
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Yea, I'd like to know as well. I use ale pails to measure all my strike/sparge water.

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I don't know about the plastic carboys, but in the glass ones 5 gallons is right where the neck starts to curve in, where the arrow is in you picture. Any headspace above that is nothing to worry about.

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Your arrow is pointing to the exact 5.5 gallon mark on 5 gallon better bottle. It's right at the middle of that concave part.

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You will not get oxidation. The brew is still generating CO2 and will insulate the beer from the majority of the Oxygen regardless of head size.

Some breweries still use open fermenters.

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Your arrow is pointing to the exact 5.5 gallon mark on 5 gallon better bottle. It's right at the middle of that concave part.
Thanks, I didn't know it wasn't supposed to come up to the bottom of the opening.
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Your arrow is pointing to the exact 5.5 gallon mark on 5 gallon better bottle. It's right at the middle of that concave part.
I assume you mean the 6 gallon better bottle, I'd expect the 5.5 gallon mark on a 5 gallon bottle to be somewhere on the floor...

That is in fact about where the 5.5 gallon mark is on a 6 gallon bottle, but are you using a 6 gallon or 5 gallon bottle?
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