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Old 08-07-2008, 09:11 PM   #11
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Well...I was definitely right...I did learn something from this thread!

After you guys commented, I went back and reviewed the posts.

For some reason I was thinking that Yooper was saying that she didn't see a problem splitting a 6-gallon batch between two 5-gallon carboys.

But, in truth, what she really said was two 3-gallon carboys, which of course, makes perfect sense.

So...What I have learned from this thread today, is that I CAN'T read!!!

Sorry I wasted your time with my blunder!

Rick - Thanks for the comment! Not having used a kit yet, I can see the benefit to topping-off with a similar wine, just to replace the tastings from the gravity samples, if nothing else, huh?

So, I really have learned something new today after all, thanks again!

Pogo

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Old 08-07-2008, 11:01 PM   #12
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I blame all my reading problems on drinking It's hard to read when you have to cover one eye to stop the double vision.

Thanks for the quick responces I'm going to use the found bucket, and pick up a 6g carboy next time i'm in the lhbs.

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Old 08-07-2008, 11:06 PM   #13
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I'm sorry, but this seems like a major issue to me.

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You're right- that much headspace, whether bucket or large carboy, would be a major issue. In some kits, you're instructed to not top off until after degassing. Even so, I wouldn't want that much headspace. Two 3 gallon carboys would be ok, though, I like the idea of a 5 and a 1 gallon better- I think that the narrowness of a one gallon jug would really discourage any oxidation.
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Old 08-08-2008, 06:19 PM   #14
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Yea I think it does discourage it pretty good. Anytime I make 5 gal. batches of fresh stuff I usually use a little more at the begining and end with like a half gal. of wine in a one gallon jug. I let that in there for a few weeks and use it to top up after racking the 5 gallon jug over after secondary and that has worked pretty good for me. I don't like the idea of topping off with water though.

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Old 08-08-2008, 06:36 PM   #15
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You'll need another yeast packet, but other than halving the measures for your additions, you should be fine.

Of course, then your down two carboys instead of adding a 6G for this batch. I'd much rather add one carboy than tie up two for however long you plan to let your wine age.
+1 but you should just go ahead and buy a 7+ gallon fermenter with a lid for the primary. This will give you room to work with.
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