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Old 11-13-2009, 01:31 AM   #1
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I have been brewing beer for a while and I would like to try a batch of wine. I have noticed that most of the starter kits come with a 7.9 gallon bucket as a primary but I would like to use a 6 gallon glass carboy if possible so I can use it to brew beer as well.

Is the wine going to foam and cause a blowoff if I use a 6 gallon? Do I need a 6.5 gallon or larger for a 6 gallon wine kit?

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Old 11-13-2009, 11:36 AM   #2
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A primary pail would be best. Starting 6 gallons of wine in a 6 gallon carboy will be messy.

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Old 11-13-2009, 11:40 AM   #3
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I get a bigger krausen with beer, so I'd use the biggest fermenter for beer, too. I use a 7.5 gallon bucket for beer, and often the same bucket for a wine primary. For a wine secondary, I use either a 5 gallon carboy or a 6 gallon carboy, depending on the batch size.

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Old 11-14-2009, 04:00 AM   #4
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One more thing

If you make a fruit based wine, most require fruit to be placed into the fermenter for the first 7 days or so in a nylon bag.

so, if you plan on going beyond commercial kit types, you might want to invest in a bucket or a carboy with a wide opening at the top anyway

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Old 11-15-2009, 06:27 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies - I went ahead and ordered the 7.9 gallon bucket for my primary along with a Winexpert kit. Wish me luck.

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