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Old 08-23-2006, 01:44 PM   #1
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Default Help, Brew-Day approaching, not sure if I'll have a big carboy open...

So it's Wednesday. On Saturday, my fiancee is going to Richmond for the day to do a final wedding dress fitting. I don't need to go. In other words, it's brew day.

Here's my problem:

Currently, my empty fermenting vessels are: a small (5.5 gal?) bucket and a small (5.5 gal?) glass carboy available, plus a big (6-6.5 gal?) glass carboy.

I currently have a Porter finishing up primary in a big carboy, and a barleywine finishing up primary in a big bucket.

I want to brew two batches on saturday; however, as of this morning (Wednesday), the Porter in the big carboy still has a 1" krausen on top, and bubbles through the airlock every once in awhile. As such, I'm not terribly confident that the yeast will have flocculated and fallen by saturday, so I'm not sure if I'll have 2 big carboys. I brewed the Porter + barleywine last friday, so I SHOULD be able to rack to secondary on Friday, but I don't want to rush it and rack before flocculation.

On that note, I DO still have a couple of free small vessels, as I mentioned above. I've never done primary fermentation of a 5-gallon batch in a small carboy---is this a good idea?

Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to proceed if I still have krausen as of friday night/saturday morning? Help please!!!

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Old 08-23-2006, 02:59 PM   #2
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if you have a LHBS nearby, I would just go ahead and pick up another carboy.

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if you have a LHBS nearby, I would just go ahead and pick up another carboy.
If I had a LHBS nearby, believe me, I wouldn't have the need to ask the question. Unfortunately, the closest one is somethin like an hour and a half away. Nuts to that. Is fermenting in a small carboy a bad idea?
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.on tap | kegged:
XX: Moss Hollow Springs Sparkling Water 95: Gott Mit Uns German Pils 91b: Brown Willie's Oaked Abbey Ale 103: Merkin Stout
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If you think your recipe will give you huge blow-offs...you might lose considerable volume in a smaller carboy. Or you could build a DIY Burton Union system. It recycles your blow-off.

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If you think your recipe will give you huge blow-offs...you might lose considerable volume in a smaller carboy. Or you could build a DIY Burton Union system. It recycles your blow-off.
I've brewed 8 batches, and the only krausen that's gotten bigger than 2" thick was a bigass barleywine that had 11 or 12 lbs of extract in it in addition to the partial mash, so that was to be expected. I'm using dry yeast on both batches---a pumpkin amber and a imperial stout---I guess the imp stout might produce a big krausen, so I could ferment that one in the big carboy. I can't imagine the pumpkin would really get that bad. Any thoughts?
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You should be fine - as long as you can rig up a proper blow-off tube.

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You could also brew a short batch. Back your recipe down to 4.5 gallons and a 5 gallon carboy has plenty of headspace.

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The size of the Krausen has a lot to do with the yeast you use (not entirely, but a lot). I would say, if you're using the same yeast as your other batches, and you don't have a high gravity wort, go ahead with the full 5 gallon batch, but use a blowoff tube. You can rig one up with stuff you can get at Lowe's or Home Depot.

Put the Imperial in the larger carboy and the pumpkin in the smaller.

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The size of the Krausen has a lot to do with the yeast you use (not entirely, but a lot). I would say, if you're using the same yeast as your other batches, and you don't have a high gravity wort, go ahead with the full 5 gallon batch, but use a blowoff tube. You can rig one up with stuff you can get at Lowe's or Home Depot.

Put the Imperial in the larger carboy and the pumpkin in the smaller.
I've never used a blowoff tube. How does it work? Do you just run a tube into a bucket of bleach water?
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98: Moss Hollow Soured '09 72: Oude Kriek 99: B-Weisse 102: Brett'd BDSA 104: Feat of Strength Helles Bock 105: Merkin Brown
.on tap | kegged:
XX: Moss Hollow Springs Sparkling Water 95: Gott Mit Uns German Pils 91b: Brown Willie's Oaked Abbey Ale 103: Merkin Stout
98: Yorkshire Special 100: Maple Porter 89: Cidre Saison 101: Steffiweizen '09 (#3)
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