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Old 09-19-2009, 03:40 PM   #1
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I want to make a 3 gallon batch. I assume it is OK to use my regular-size primary for this? Any reason not to?

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Old 09-19-2009, 03:41 PM   #2
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No reason at all. I've done it a few times with small batches and they all came out just dandy.

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Old 09-20-2009, 12:41 AM   #3
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No reason at all. I've done it a few times with small batches and they all came out just dandy.
Just what I wanted to hear...thank you.
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Just do a long primary if you don't have a 3-gallon secondary. The CO2 layer in the primary will protect your beer, but if you put it in a big secondary you could get oxidation.

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Just do a long primary if you don't have a 3-gallon secondary. The CO2 layer in the primary will protect your beer, but if you put it in a big secondary you could get oxidation.
Thanks. I'm planning on racking into one of my 3-gallon secondaries so I can pitch another (bigger) beer onto the yeast cake.
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Just leave the lid open everything will be fine.

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Just leave the lid open everything will be fine.
Thanks. I'll give that a shot. Is that how you get all your brews to taste so, um, good?
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That's what Rex told me to do. Think I'm going to start a new batch tomorrow- want to ferment in the basement between 64-68. Should I start fermentation at 72 ish.

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That's what Rex told me to do. Think I'm going to start a new batch tomorrow- want to ferment in the basement between 64-68. Should I start fermentation at 72 ish.
I wouldn't, but maybe you should ask Rex first. I'm sure he'll have an answer.
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Getting mixed answers I'll post something. See you got a Scottish Ale on deck, that's what Dad wants you to make for him.

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