Spike Brewing 12.5 Conical Fermenter Giveaway!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > 2.5 gallon secondary container?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 11-26-2012, 03:53 PM   #1
MTate37
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 5 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Posts: 750
Liked 104 Times on 59 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default 2.5 gallon secondary container?

I will soon be brewing a 2.5 gallon batch. I've read that it is fine to ferment in a larger bucket or carboy as the headspace will fill with CO2 and protect the beer. I will be dryhopping with a fair amount of hops and plan to rack to secondary. Would a 3 gallon carboy leave too much headspace for a 2.5 gallon batch?

__________________
MTate37 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-26-2012, 03:55 PM   #2
dcarter
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 378
Liked 23 Times on 20 Posts
Likes Given: 10

Default

I would think that a 3 gallon fermenter and a 2.5 gallon batch would be perfect. You will need some head space for krausen rise and prevent blow out.

__________________
Primary:Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Clone

My trash heap fridge rescue and conversion to a first class fermentation chamber

If you don't like your job, you don't strike!.....You just go in everyday and do it really half a$$ed, THATS the American way! - Homer J Simpson
dcarter is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-26-2012, 06:04 PM   #3
headbanger
Fast Loud Death
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
headbanger's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: The Hill, KY
Posts: 2,565
Liked 615 Times on 409 Posts
Likes Given: 1268

Default

^^ +1 ^^

__________________
headbanger is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-26-2012, 06:11 PM   #4
MTate37
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 5 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Posts: 750
Liked 104 Times on 59 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default

I shouldn't expect much krausen and blowoff if I'm dryhopping in secondary, should I?

Looking back at my OP maybe it wasn't clear enough. I'll be fermenting 2.5 gallons in a bucket, and will rack to secondary for dryhopping. My concern is that dryhopping 2.5 gallons in a 3 gallon carboy secondary will leave too much headspace. Is this correct, or should I not be concerned?

__________________
MTate37 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-26-2012, 06:15 PM   #5
HopsMan
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 192
Liked 8 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

You'll be just fine. You'll need space to gently swirl in the leaf hops, and that should release some co2 to drive out the o2 and fill whatever head space you have. Just check the airlock from time to time to make sure you're maintaining some pressure and keeping it floating.

__________________
HopsMan is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-26-2012, 06:17 PM   #6
Euripidez
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska
Posts: 83
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 15

Default

If you are really worried, and if you have the equipment, you can displace the oxygen with CO2. Though, you should be fine. How long was your beer in primary for?

__________________
Euripidez is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-26-2012, 07:33 PM   #7
MTate37
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 5 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Posts: 750
Liked 104 Times on 59 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default

This a beer that I will be brewing this weekend. I expect it will stay in primary for two to three weeks...just depends on how fast it finishes.

__________________
MTate37 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
5 gallon container grow hopplease Hops Growing 12 02-17-2012 11:00 PM
Secondary container Toy4Rick Mead Forum 6 07-26-2011 08:48 AM
Star-San Leaking in a 2.5 gallon water container? pietaster Equipment/Sanitation 6 05-18-2011 01:08 PM
Bottling in 1 Gallon Container?? rsmith179 Bottling/Kegging 2 02-21-2009 12:01 AM
10-12 gallon resealable container for wort transport Denny's Evil Concoctions Equipment/Sanitation 5 06-21-2007 10:41 PM