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Old 01-16-2013, 06:45 AM   #1
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Default Carboy Size: Single Vessel Fermentation

So as some have suggested on this forum, I do my entire fermentation in one carboy. No secondary. My question is, for this style brewing, what is the ideal size carboy?

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Old 01-16-2013, 06:49 AM   #2
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the 6 and 1/2 gallon ones work good for that. course they're really heavy. i used to use em. but switched back to a 7g bucket.

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Old 01-16-2013, 07:17 AM   #3
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6 gallon better bottle here

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Old 01-16-2013, 11:52 AM   #4
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Typically, you'll want to have an additional 1-2G of head space on your vessel, for the krausen. If you used a 5G vessel for 5G batches, you'd lose volume every time to blowoff.

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Old 01-16-2013, 12:14 PM   #5
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I choose what carboy I'll use based on what beer I'm brewing:

A big beer? Better use a big carboy.
A small beer? Better just shoot for 6 gallons and use a big carboy.

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Old 01-16-2013, 12:23 PM   #6
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Just a thought..peak at our site if you will...we have 7 gallon stainless steel carboys we call Cavern's. Thanks

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Just a thought..peak at our site if you will...we have 7 gallon stainless steel carboys we call Cavern's. Thanks
Not to knock your product, but I just can't justify SS being worth ten times more than a bucket. Not to mention that because of the dimensions the temp difference from the sides of the cavern to the center, would be bigger than in a bucket.

I could see it being nice for aging wine.
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Although It would definitely be more appealing if you had a lid with a cooling system. Maybe not a refrigerant filled helix with a pump and condenser, but even a spot for an ice pack to fit down in the center of the wort would be a significant advantage to homebrewers.

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Edit: Sorry, double post.

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Old 01-16-2013, 05:03 PM   #10
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I use 6.5 gallon carboys and have only had the kreusen invade the blowoff tube once on 12 batches. Too much headspace in this to use it as a secondary IMO.

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