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Old 12-13-2009, 06:52 PM   #1
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Default Is 5 gal bucket too big for 2.5 gal recipe?

I have a few Mr Beer extract kits left over from the start of my hobby but I don't have the fermenting kegs anymore. Can I ferment a 2.5-3 gal recipe in a 5 gal (total volume) fermenting bucket? Will there be too much head space?

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For primary, without a doubt you'll be fine. The fermenting will throw off a lot of CO2. Don't worry about it.

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You will be fine. All I do is 2.5-3 gallon batches and I primary in a 5 gallon BB. I have yet to have any problems. During fermentation the CO2 given off with create a blanket over the beer protecting it.

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Will be fine for primary fermentation. Too big if you plan on doing secondary to condition.

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Thank everyone....These will be one stage fermentations (no secondary) and will go for about 3-4 weeks. The Mr. Beer website says to keep these at temps between 68-74 F but our basement is more like 65-66 F. The brewing buckets are off of the concrete floor on a wood table in the center of the room. Hope this temp will be OK for Mr Beer kits. It has worked for for my other extract brews.

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Try using some Fermentis US-05 or 04... Nottingham also ferments nicely at lower temps I have found. Or you could put a heating pad on low underneath the fermenter. I would suggest pitching the (pitiful) Mr Beer yeast in the boil to act as a yeast nutrient then use the better yeasts to ferment.

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I use half of packet of rehydrated Cooper's brewers yeast when I make Mr Beer kits. Didn't know what to to with the actual yeast the kits came with and your idea of using these as yeast nutrients sounds pretty cool.

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