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Old 03-18-2006, 04:07 PM   #11
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homebrewer_99,

I'll probably pick up a carboy soon, more toys are always fun As far as using the 6.5 gallon for secondary fermentation goes, is there a concern about exposing a 5 gallon batch to too much oxygen with all of the head space in the carboy? If so, how easily is that remidied?

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Old 03-18-2006, 04:34 PM   #12
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homebrewer_99,

I'll probably pick up a carboy soon, more toys are always fun As far as using the 6.5 gallon for secondary fermentation goes, is there a concern about exposing a 5 gallon batch to too much oxygen with all of the head space in the carboy? If so, how easily is that remidied?

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don't worry about that...there will be a blanket of CO2 right above the brew serving as a buffer between brew and air....
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Old 03-18-2006, 07:42 PM   #13
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don't worry about that...there will be a blanket of CO2 right above the brew serving as a buffer between brew and air....

Very Good, thanks for the info. I'll make sure to let you all know how things turn out.
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Old 03-18-2006, 08:07 PM   #14
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Actually, if you're really worried about it, which as Lou said, you shouldn't be, what you can do is wait a few minutes to put the airlock in. After you pitch or rack into your respective carboys put your lid/cover on. There should be a hole in the lid or cover for the airlock, this hole will allow the CO2 to escape along with the oxygen that was sitting in there in the first place. So after a few minutes it will be mostly CO2 on top of the wort, just put the airlock in and there you go.

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Actually, if you're really worried about it, which as Lou said, you shouldn't be, what you can do is wait a few minutes to put the airlock in. After you pitch or rack into your respective carboys put your lid/cover on. There should be a hole in the lid or cover for the airlock, this hole will allow the CO2 to escape along with the oxygen that was sitting in there in the first place. So after a few minutes it will be mostly CO2 on top of the wort, just put the airlock in and there you go.
That will happen anyway. CO2 is heavier than air, so the initial gasses pushed through the airlock will be the oxygen in the carboy when you stuck the airlock in.
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