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Old 08-26-2011, 12:22 AM   #1
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I have a mini brew 6.5 gallon conical fermenter and was wondering if it would work for a typical 30 bottle wine kit. Just ordered a Selection International Malbec kit and was planning on using my conical for it. What kinda of foaming (krausen ?) should I expect from wine compared to beer? At 6 gallon mark I think I will have around 3.5 inches headroom left. Thx in advance.

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Old 08-26-2011, 12:55 AM   #2
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For primary fermentation only???

That will be a lot of headspace for a 6 gallon kit for secondary fermentation, unless you want to add a half gallon of commercial wine to your mix.

Foaming is pretty mild on kit wines.

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Old 08-26-2011, 12:57 AM   #3
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Yea just for primary. I have carboy for secondary even though mini brew states with a conical there is no need for racking to secondary. I probably will anyways.

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Dont see a problem. I did a 6g batch in a 6.5g glass carboy and did not have an issue.

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That headspace will be full of CO2 you're fine.

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