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Old 07-08-2006, 04:23 PM   #1
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Default To much room in secondary?

I transfered a spiced wheat in to secondary today. I encountered a problem and lost about 1/2 gal of beer in process. I now have about 4 1/2 gallons in a 6 1/2 gallon secondary.

Is this too much head room for oxygen?
Should I just go ahead and bottle now being it has already reached final gravity reading?
What would be the negative effect if left in the secondary with this much empty space?

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Old 07-08-2006, 04:28 PM   #2
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The wheat should outgas enough to fill the head space with CO2, toss in 1/4 cup of corn sugar if you want to play it extra safe. On the other hand, cloudiness in wheats isn't a problem, so bottling now is a real choice.

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You were going to have 1 1/2 gal of extra deadspace to begin with. 1/2 more wont make or break you. What you probably should be asking is whether or not you should be using a 6 1/2 carboy as a secondary... usually a secondary is 5...

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I'll trade you two 5's for your 6's.

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The wheat should outgas enough to fill the head space with CO2, toss in 1/4 cup of corn sugar if you want to play it extra safe. On the other hand, cloudiness in wheats isn't a problem, so bottling now is a real choice.
I agree with the suspended CO2 filling up the head space and it not being a problem to have some head space. But just to be extra sure I use one of those small CO2 injecters to give a squirt of CO2. But I'm not anal about it if I forget.
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Old 07-10-2006, 12:35 AM   #6
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Thanks for all the responses. I decided I am going to just go ahead and bottle.
Appreciate all of the help I get here.

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