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Old 02-11-2013, 01:07 AM   #51
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I've been fermenting in one 6.5g carboy, 1 6g carboy, and two 5g's for secondaries.

This is an exciting week though, I picked up a couple of 6g better bottles from the recent BOGO offer Northern Brewer Had. I'm interested to finally arrive at my own conclusions on these. One thing I can say for certain, the two boxes arrived and for their size might as well have been empty. They barely weighed as much as the cardboard they shipped in. I swear the 6G better bottle weighs less than the handle I have on my glass 6G.

I love my glass carboys, I love knowing they are spotless but depending on how things go with my post-primary cleaning, I might have to switch to these BB's. If I don't like them, love them really, I'm going to unload them to some lucky local brewer at a great price!

First observation: I usually sanitize my carboy, then flip it upside down in a 2 Gallon stainless spaghetti pot on the floor to dry. I've currently got the better bottle sanitized and flipped upside down in a....Oxo 2-cup measuring cup..ON the counter.

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Old 02-12-2013, 05:51 PM   #52
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Just think of it as a stainless steel carboy. After my first couple batches the novelty of seeing the yeasties swim around was gone, and I never really "kept tabs" on my beer. I just let it ferment out, then took a hydro reading to make sure it had fermented properly, and then bottled or kegged it. Same process with a keg. Depending on what type of keg you use, there are a lot of different options for blow-off tubes and airlocks. You can even use a spunding valve instead and ferment under light pressure like a lot of larger breweries do. I don't think the fermenter makes any difference for doing a d-rest. Just raise the temp of your ferm chamber when appropriate.
Can you blow your yeast out the pick up tube and just go on to use that primary (corny) for a keg?
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:01 PM   #53
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Can you blow your yeast out the pick up tube and just go on to use that primary (corny) for a keg?
Not really. The only yeast that will get sucked up is the little bit really close to the pickup tube. I actually use CO2 pressure to rack the beer to the serving keg through the pickup tube. I push the first couple oz of yeast into a cup to be discarded, and then it flows clear until the last couple oz. When I'm done, I can look into the keg used for fermenting, and the yeast cake is still there except for a little spot near the diptube.
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Pretty much exclusively carboys now.

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Not really. The only yeast that will get sucked up is the little bit really close to the pickup tube. I actually use CO2 pressure to rack the beer to the serving keg through the pickup tube. I push the first couple oz of yeast into a cup to be discarded, and then it flows clear until the last couple oz. When I'm done, I can look into the keg used for fermenting, and the yeast cake is still there except for a little spot near the diptube.
So what happens if i just force carb right on top of this? Do i end up with a little yeast in each glass or does it floc out hard enough that i can draw my beer clear
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So what happens if i just force carb right on top of this? Do i end up with a little yeast in each glass or does it floc out hard enough that i can draw my beer clear
If you check out the pressurized fermentation thread, you'll find lots of people doing this. It's pretty darn convenient to ferment in and serve from the same vessel.
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Old 02-14-2013, 03:08 AM   #57
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I have a 3 gallon glass carboy which is perfect for my 2.5 gallon batches (and my weak arms).

I also have a 5 gallon bucket that I plan to use for larger batches, or for 3 gallon batches which I will then put into my 3 gallon glass carboy for long secondarys.

I think it's pretty versatile for what I want to do at the moment.

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