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Old 01-10-2013, 07:10 PM   #1
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My kit comes with a 7.8 gallon bucket and 6 gallon glass carboy. Do I start my beer in the bucket and then transfer to the carboy? Or just use the glass carboy and use the bucket for bottling only? Thanks for your help.

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Old 01-10-2013, 07:13 PM   #2
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Does your bucket have a spigot at the bottoms you need one to bottle. As for the primary you can use either one. I have both and use both all the time unless I need to secondary then I use the Carboy as the secondary which is pretty rare. If you don't have a spigot you should either buy a bottling bucket already made or buy the spigot and do it yourself it's much easier with the spigot then with out.

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Old 01-10-2013, 07:14 PM   #3
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Does the bucket have a spigot on it? If so, it was probably intended as a bottling bucket, but it could still be used as a fermenter. I wouldn't bother transferring to a second vessel, unless it's a bottling bucket. Just let your beer sit in the main fermenter for two or three weeks to condition and settle.

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Ha, we both posted at almost the same time.

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Yes it does have a spigot on it so I'm assuming it is meant as a bottling bucket. You would use the glass carboy as the main fermenter and then transfer to the bottling bucket after a few weeks?

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Exactly you should get a hydrometer if u don't already have one after a couple weeks take a reading and then a couple days later take another reading and if they're the same ur done fermenting. I usually give it 3-4 weeks in primary.

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Go to the book store and pick up how to brew by John Palmer. I learned everything using that book and this website. They're both great.

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Yes it does have a spigot on it so I'm assuming it is meant as a bottling bucket. You would use the glass carboy as the main fermenter and then transfer to the bottling bucket after a few weeks?
Yes, transfer right before you are going to bottle. It doesn't need to sit in the bottling bucket for any more time than it takes to bottle it.
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Great! Thanks everyone...this site is really useful to a first time brewer such as myself. I'm sure I'll be back with more questions and poking around the other threads for more info.

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