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Old 10-01-2012, 10:01 PM   #1
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Default 6 or 6.5 gallon carboy ??

I am going to upgrade from a platic bucket fermintation and get a glass carboy. my LHBS has 6's in stock but not 6.5's. What are the advantages of the 6.5 that I would be missing out on if I settle for the 6 ??

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Old 10-01-2012, 10:07 PM   #2
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I have both the 6 & 6.5 and the only difference is the half gallon ..they are both wonderful but I have.brewed in both and have never had the need to need more space in either.

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Old 10-01-2012, 10:53 PM   #3
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I like the 6.5 just to leave a little extra room for blow off. If you can swing it you might as well go with the 6.5...nothing wrong with the 6 though.

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Old 10-01-2012, 10:57 PM   #4
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Six gallon is fine for most situations, but if you ever intend to do a fruit beer (adding 5 or 6 pounds of fruit to secondary) or a wine kit, you'll need the 6 1/2 gallon.

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Old 10-01-2012, 11:05 PM   #5
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My LHBS had both. The difference between the two was $2. I got the 6.5.

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For $2.more i would have done the same as you

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Old 10-02-2012, 12:50 AM   #7
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All new glass carboys I buy the 6.5g because the incremental cost per gallon of capacity is less than the 5g or 6g. However I need to develop a good SOP for handling these things, since now I am nervous about one of them breaking while I'm carrying it.

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Old 10-02-2012, 12:58 AM   #8
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All new glass carboys I buy the 6.5g because the incremental cost per gallon of capacity is less than the 5g or 6g. However I need to develop a good SOP for handling these things, since now I am nervous about one of them breaking while I'm carrying it.
LOL ahh the SOP term have not heard than for a while.... get one of the carboy handles I love mine just check on them once in a while to make sure it's still nice and tight.... or bre haulers work well too. They're not as fragile as most think but a drop from 5' onto a hard surface can kill it for sure.

remember it;s not plastic and nothing to worry about...

to the OP if you get the 6.5 for a reasonable price bigger is always better for a primary.

Check amazon sometime you can find them preety cheap.
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All new glass carboys I buy the 6.5g because the incremental cost per gallon of capacity is less than the 5g or 6g. However I need to develop a good SOP for handling these things, since now I am nervous about one of them breaking while I'm carrying it.
Milk crates, cheap and easy.
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Thanks yes I'm working on my plan, I'm thinking of wearing synthetic motorcycle riding gear when handling them. That stuff is lightweight and cut resistant. Plus some type of grippy cut resistant gloves.

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