Thought I had researched my new hobby pretty well, but alas... I made my first n00b mistake before my first brew.
I purchased two 5 gallon glass carboys from morebeer.com thinking the standard 5 gallons of wort would naturally need a 5 gallon home.... oops
I'm weighing the pros and cons of a few options and would love some input.
Option 1: (the greedy option)
Still brew 5g batches for each carboy and just go to the hardware store for some large diameter blow-off tubing.
Option 2: (possible beer famine?)
Brew only one 5g batch and fill each carboy halfway (2.5g).
Option 3: (n00b hell?)
Alter any recipes to brew only 4g of wort for each carboy, thereby saving the krausen. (How difficult are these calculations for a n00b?)
Return the carboys and order new 6.5 gallon ones.
Would love to RDWHAHB, but I don't have any yet!