I just got my first kit that makes 6 gallons of wine. I have a 6.5 gallon bucket and a 6 gallon better bottle. Do i need to get a larger bucket for this wine for primary or will the 6.5 gallon bucket be ok? From what i've read, the wine doesn't create krausen like beer will, but I would assume it would make a foam head that might overflow? Which would you recommend that i use? I could also rig up a blowoff through the bucket as well if necessary, but I don't want to be losing the wine goodness!!
I would assume that it would be a bad idea to only top it up with water to leave enough headspace (say 5.75 gallons) and then when i transfer to secondary, to top it up the rest of the way? I guess it would make extra concentrated wine in the beginning, kind of like a partial boil would.
Thanks for the input!