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Old 02-06-2008, 03:57 PM   #1
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Default 5 Gallon measurement height on a 6.5 gallon carboy

Forgive the noob question (I've had a string of them) but can anyone shed light on the measured height of the 5 gallon mark on a 6.5 gallon carboy.

I'm sure each carboy is a little different in diameter but I doubt they are THAT different that it wouldn't be a somewhat standard height.

Yes, I could dump 5 gallons of water in mine and make a mark (and I probably will) but if it was off a quart or two would it make a big difference anyway?

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Old 02-06-2008, 04:01 PM   #2
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I used to have a piece of tape attached to the side of my carboy that showed me where the five gallon mark was. As you've already stated, you probably won't get a really reliable measurement since everyone's carboys might be different from your own.

If you are going to measure by pouring water in anyway, you may as well pour it in a gallon at a time and then mark the gallon increments with tape or by some other means. Then you will at least have more than just the five gallon mark.

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Old 02-06-2008, 04:04 PM   #3
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(slaps head with hand) Good point, I'll need those other marks anyway. That was a REALLY dumb noob question.

I apologize.

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Old 02-06-2008, 04:07 PM   #4
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Old 02-06-2008, 04:12 PM   #5
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Dude if I had a nickel for every time I had a noob question I'd be able to afford that shiny new keggle I've been wanting.

Remember, there's probably several other people reading this forum that will learn from your question so there's no need to apologize for asking.

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Old 02-06-2008, 04:24 PM   #6
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Use electrical tape. It'll stay on forever.

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Old 02-06-2008, 04:54 PM   #7
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IMO getting exactly the right final volume is irrelevant. You should be looking for a correct initial gravity when topping off water. Add enough so the gravity's not too high, and don't dilute it too much so the gravity is too low. Hitting the right volume has no impact on the final beer, you'll just have more or less, hitting the right OG will have a impact on the taste of the beer (although even if you miss, it'll still likely be very good, just not true to the recipie).

My 2 cents.

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Last night before I boiled my second batch, I filled up both fermentors and my carboy one gallon at a time with water and marked each gallon with a line drawn with a permanent marker. On the outside of the containers, not on the inside!

Seemed to work perferctly for me and I got the batch really close to exactly 5 gallons. Might be overkill, but never hurts to be careful.

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Old 02-06-2008, 06:11 PM   #9
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I appreciate all the thoughts and ideas. It's pretty cool that the "vets" come in here and poke around and help us noobs out.

I'll have to remember that when I graduate from this basement.

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That was a REALLY dumb noob question.
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man - i REALLY get tired of self deprecation ... yea we all do it and as a novice brewer it seems that you're more apt to grovel and prostrate yourself so hopefully someone will answer your question and not flame you for not using the search - which on most forums can get tedious especially if you are new and don't know really what to look for - and hoping and praying someone won't take a jab at you cause you are obviously new.

homebrewers for the most part are really laid back ppl - slow to rile and most of us are always willing to help out novice brewers.

i especially look back at some of the questions i asked before i joined our club and gained that wealth of knowledge. wow just down right embarrassing but ya know what - i learned. some people don't have the brain trust that is a homebrew club and come online to find knowledge.

i don't think they should have to be made to feel second rate and i really irks me to see the novice in self deprecation mode because he thinks this is like the uber l33t h@xor channel on irc.

yea from time to time we will get in an uproar - especially if you're sweeping feathers up with your dry yeast off the floor and using it, but for the most part we're here to help. yes even the novice. we were all a novice at one time or another
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