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Old 01-06-2010, 01:17 AM   #21
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yeah, i just saw them on craigslist and came to the forum to see what the deal was.
so they are 6.5 gallon? what is an acid carboy?

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Old 01-06-2010, 02:09 AM   #22
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I spotted those on Craigslist, too!
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yeah, i just saw them on craigslist and came to the forum to see what the deal was.
so they are 6.5 gallon? what is an acid carboy?
Those are the ones. I picked up two tonight. They look to be every bit of 7.5 gallons.

They look clean and have a slightly dirty, earthy smell. I asked the guy what was stored in them, but he said they were cleaned before he got them. Should I be concerned about this, or am I good to go as long as I clean and sterilize them?

lknbigfish: what do you mean acid carboy? Edit: I see you were referring to Chad C, who I believe was referring to the OP. The ones I got, in the Charlotte area, are 7.5 gallons.

Oh, he said he has almost 50 of these if anyone in the Charlotte area is interested.

http://charlotte.craigslist.org/for/1538713716.html
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where did you pick them up? (what part of town)

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I met him just past Weddington at I-485 and Providence Rd.

He actually drove about half an hour to meet me, so he may be willing to meet you halfway. Seems like a good guy.

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I have four 7.5 gal carboys.. they work great. I have done 5 gallon batches in them.. but why stop there? Make 7 gallons of beer instead.

You will have a mess.
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I'm thinking these will also be great for Apfelwein or Mead -- recipes that a newb like myself can adjust for larger batches.

I have yet to brew anything, but I've amassed two 7.5 gallon carboys and three 5 gallon carboys. I think it's time I actually put all of this stuff to use.

One more question regarding Mountainbeers' statement:

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They are fine for primaries because the CO2 produced blankets your beer and protects it from oxygenation. Once moved to secondary little fermentation occurs allowing oxygenation to occur if too much headspace is present.
Given the headspace, would it be acceptable to leave a beer in the primary for a longer time without racking to secondary at all, or would the CO2 exit the carboy after a week or so, thus allowing oxygen in?

I have no problem moving the beer to a 5 gallon carboy, but I've been reading recently about the success people have by leaving their beers in the primary for a longer time and skipping the secondary altogether.
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Are they food grade plastic?

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they're not any kind of plastic. they're glass.

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Yep, regular old glass 7.5 gallon carboys.

My only concern, really, is what was stored in them previously. But I'm looking forward to using them soon.

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Could anyone answer the question below? I see that I could indeed primary in the 7.5 gallon carboy, but essentially I want to know if I'm okay to leave the beer in the primary for a month or so, as many are now doing. Sorry for the noob question.

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Given the headspace, would it be acceptable to leave a beer in the primary for a longer time without racking to secondary at all, or would the CO2 exit the carboy after a week or so, thus allowing oxygen in?

I have no problem moving the beer to a 5 gallon carboy, but I've been reading recently about the success people have by leaving their beers in the primary for a longer time and skipping the secondary altogether.
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