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Old 03-29-2009, 09:10 PM   #1
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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?)

Option 4:
Return the carboys and order new 6.5 gallon ones.



Would love to RDWHAHB, but I don't have any yet!

Advice?

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Old 03-29-2009, 09:13 PM   #2
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Option 5:
Pick up a 6.5 gallon fermenter, primary in it for a week or two and then transfer to the 5 gallon to secondary.
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Old 03-29-2009, 09:22 PM   #3
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Definitely another option to consider. Thanks!

...and yet another option: Cake or Death?

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Option 6:
Pick up two fermentation buckets, keep your 5 gallon for secondary and smaller batches.
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Old 03-29-2009, 11:37 PM   #5
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Welcome to the club, I made the same mistake for my first batch.

Using a 6.5 gallon for primary fermentation as ChshreCat said before is the way I went. Been pretty successful so far.

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Old 03-30-2009, 12:39 AM   #6
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...and yet another option: Cake or Death?
Death. No wait! Cake! Cake!
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Old 03-30-2009, 03:34 AM   #7
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Option 6:
Pick up two fermentation buckets, keep your 5 gallon for secondary and smaller batches.
Probably the wisest decision considering that I've already spent too much...

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Welcome to the club, I made the same mistake for my first batch.

Using a 6.5 gallon for primary fermentation as ChshreCat said before is the way I went. Been pretty successful so far.
Thanks! How many brews you got under your belt so far?


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...and yet another option: Cake or Death?
Death. No wait! Cake! Cake!
lol... Eddie Izzard is the man! As well as being an executive transvestite.
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i have done 8 batches and use 1. i also have 5 gallon carboys and use them with 5 gallon batches each and every time with 1" blow offs

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i have done 8 batches and use 1. i also have 5 gallon carboys and use them with 5 gallon batches each and every time with 1" blow offs
Yeah, this is what originally I wanted to do, but after reading the following statement in another thread:

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Now we know, through the works of Palmer and others, is that there is some benefit to Krausen and all that stuff actully falling through the beer, and taking other things with it, as well as the fact that the yeasts do a heck of a job cleaning up their own waste products if we let them...
I had second thoughts.
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Option 6:
Pick up two fermentation buckets, keep your 5 gallon for secondary and smaller batches.
This. Buckets are cheap and with two 'production lines' you can brew more often.
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