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mrwaffles 06-17-2012 08:57 PM

Newbie questions....
Hey guys and gals, just started 3 different 3 gallon ciders based loosely on the Apfelwein recipes.

Should I completely fill up the 3 gallon carboys with liquid?
or leave some headroom for the fermentation and top off later?

I used Safale 04 in 2 batches and the Montrachet in the straight apple one.

I have had some foam overs doing beer but not sure about these ciders/yeasts.

Hoping to start a new Fathers Day Tradition! :rockin:


roadymi 06-17-2012 09:06 PM

Welcome to the obsession. Ciders not normally as vigorous as beer but I always leave some headroom for primary. If I primary in carboy I fill to the top shoulder.

mrwaffles 06-17-2012 09:18 PM

Obsession is right! I have 4 different batches of beer fermenting and 3 different ciders and now working up some mead recipes to try!

Should I top off the carboys in a few days to minimize the airspace in the carboy?

roadymi 06-17-2012 10:34 PM

No worry about headspace during primary fermentation. The CO2 given off keeps oxygen away. As long as airlock is in place no oxygen getting in. When you rack to secondary is when you want to eliminate headspace.

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