Spike Brewing 12.5 Conical Fermenter Giveaway - Enter Now!

Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Wine Making Forum > Headroom for primary (AKA is my bucket too small!?!)

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 09-28-2009, 03:04 AM   #1
Rhys79
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: South Bend, Indiana
Posts: 160
Default Headroom for primary (AKA is my bucket too small!?!)

Ok, just finished getting my first batch of wine ready to pitch and I think I have a small problem. My 6.5gal brew bucket is now full to about 1" from the top. I thought I had left myself with enough headroom, till I added sugar and went oh crap. Is this going to be enough room to go ahead and pitch without having a disastrous mess on my hands, or do I need to get a 7.9gal bucket and transfer first?

That would present the additional problem of the fact that all the local brew shops are closed Sun-Tue, which leaves me with a bucket of must sitting unpitched for three days . Will the must survive that long without being pitched, do I need to add sulphite each day or so to make sure nothing takes hold till then, or what?

__________________
Rhys79 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-28-2009, 01:11 PM   #2
Suthrncomfrt1884
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Rockford, Illinois
Posts: 4,079
Liked 23 Times on 22 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

What kind of yeast are you using?

__________________
He who drinks beer sleeps well. He who sleeps well cannot sin. He who does not sin goes to heaven.

Another HERMS rig...
Suthrncomfrt1884 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-28-2009, 01:14 PM   #3
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Upper Michigan
Posts: 60,724
Liked 4369 Times on 3177 Posts
Likes Given: 850

Default

It should be ok. You may get a little foam out of the top, so put it somewhere it won't stain if you get a little overflow. You don't get too much of a foamy head with wine. In primary, I just cover mine with a clean towel and then rack to secondary once the SG is 1.020 or below.

__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006
Yooper is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-28-2009, 01:56 PM   #4
Rhys79
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: South Bend, Indiana
Posts: 160
Default

I'm using Montrachet yeast. If Yooper thinks it'll be alright, I'll go ahead and pitch my yeast. I just didn't want a wine fountain all over my floor. I can always transfer to a larger bucket Wednesday when the shops are open and I can pick one up.

__________________
Rhys79 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-28-2009, 02:45 PM   #5
Texron
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 234
Default

I have used Montrachet yeast on five batches of Apfell Wine. It produces little, tiny bubbles and is otherwise pretty uneventull. Like Yooper said, it should OK.

__________________
Texron is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Primary Bucket - Ok for extended primary fermentation? GonzoIllini Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 13 10-26-2011 02:08 AM
Small Leak in Primary Ferm. Spigot minger Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 5 02-03-2009 11:53 AM
Bucket Primary VS Carboy Primary? underwaterdan Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11 01-30-2009 01:46 AM
Bad Primary Bucket? Chip Equipment/Sanitation 4 03-24-2008 03:12 AM
Small Batch in 6.5 Primary. . . Georgian Novice General Techniques 2 01-28-2007 08:43 PM