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Old 03-24-2010, 05:36 PM   #1
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Default 6 gallon better bottles

Hello I just graduated from 2.75 gallon batches to 5.5 gallon batches. I filled my better bottles with 5.5 gallons of water so I could mark a fill line and noticed that 5.5 gallons is pretty darn close to the top of the fermentor. Is it ok to ferment 5.5 gallons in the 6 gallon bottle. Should I use a blow off, or do I just need bigger bottles all together? thanks for any info.

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Old 03-24-2010, 05:44 PM   #2
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Use a blowoff tube and pick up some FermcapS, the stuff does a great job at lessening the foam in fermentation and keeping boil-overs at bay. If you still get blowoff then consider a 6.5-7 gallon fermenter.

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Old 03-24-2010, 06:42 PM   #3
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If you wanna stick with Better Bottles, you've already got the biggest one - if you haven't already seen that.

I'm regretting that I recently purchased my 6.5 gal glass carboy after seriously reconsidering Better Bottles. I think I'm going to pick up another 6 gallon BB and possibly 2 ported 5 gallons. The horror stories re: glass carboys breaking made me queasy. I don't want severed tendons.

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Old 03-24-2010, 06:59 PM   #4
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If you wanna stick with Better Bottles, you've already got the biggest one - if you haven't already seen that.

I'm regretting that I recently purchased my 6.5 gal glass carboy after seriously reconsidering Better Bottles. I think I'm going to pick up another 6 gallon BB and possibly 2 ported 5 gallons. The horror stories re: glass carboys breaking made me queasy. I don't want severed tendons.
I own 1 glass carboy, and it never leaves the safety of the milk crate it's currently in.
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Old 03-24-2010, 07:07 PM   #5
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I'm thinking about getting a better bottle for my primary..... Just 'cause I'd like to see WTF is going on inside during the fermation....

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Old 03-24-2010, 07:13 PM   #6
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well my dad dropped his glass carboy...30 stitches later he decided it wasn't a good idea to have one of those around anymore

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Old 03-24-2010, 07:52 PM   #7
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I love the 7gal plastic buckets for primary, and only use betterbottle or carboys for wine/meade and secondary.

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I liked using my 6 gallon better bottles so I could see what was going on also... After losing almost .5-.75 gallons of beer to blowoff on a couple of batches, the novelty wore off! now I primary only in my 7 gallon buckets. I have not touched my better bottles for 3 brews now. Except the 5 gallon for Apfelwein.
If I really need to, I will use them, but don't like losing beer to blowoff!

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Old 03-24-2010, 10:28 PM   #9
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Just go down to 5 gallons and then when you prime your batch, use 1 gallon of sugar/water mixture. I'm doing this for my batch in a 5 gallon carboy. 4 gallons fermented perfectly, nothing even went up past the neck.
It may take a little longer to ferment with a higher OG but what the heck, who cares. It stays in there long enough to ferment 3 times over anyways

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I use my 6.5gal BB as a secondary only when I want a little extra clarity and it is easier to clean out. So far, I haven't noticed any off flavors or any bad side effects. Also, it is good if you decide to make a fruit beer. It should leave enough space for you to add a few pounds of something and not lose any beer due to space constraints.

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