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Old 09-12-2009, 09:33 PM   #1
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guys, quick question

Niagara Traditions Homebrew Supply : Island Mist Strawberry White Merlot [WHHSW] - $56.99

plan on doing a 6 gallon batch of the link. Instructions call for an 8 gallon fermenter, which i do not have

i do have a 7 gallon however

so basically, is the 8 gallon as recommended just overkill, or could i get away with a 7 gallon?

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Old 09-13-2009, 12:49 AM   #2
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It is not over kill. I pay $18 for Brew craft 8 gallon fermenters and if you plan on making more wine in future, spend the $18 it will be one of the cheapest thing you end up buying before your done

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Old 09-13-2009, 08:23 AM   #3
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I respectfully disagree with mmadmikes1. I use a "brew bucket" which will hold about 7G to the rim as a primary for my wine kits and I've never had any problem with it. If you were buying something either way I'd say get the 8G but if you already have a 7G it should work just fine and you can use the money you saved to buy more bottles or some fancy labels or something.

Also- FWIW- My wife and I just bottled that kit not too long ago. It makes a pretty decent finished product. A little sweet for my taste but I'm not a big wine cooler drinker. My wife (who likes wine coolers) loves it.

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Old 09-13-2009, 09:35 AM   #4
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I have had 6 gallon patches foam over 8 gl fermenters most wines I make will have little head room or oxygen in a 7 gl bucket the yeast needs the oxygen, Being said usually only the dark reds foam up that much. I made the island mist Staw/merlot for Daughter in law and it would be fine in 7 gallon. Still a man can never have to many fermenters or Carboys

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Old 09-13-2009, 06:07 PM   #5
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Will Fermcap work the same way in wine making as it does for beer? I was planning on fermenting a batch of wine in my 7 gallon Ale Pail.

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Old 09-13-2009, 09:46 PM   #6
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some wine get big foam caps others dont.

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