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Old 02-18-2011, 08:30 PM   #21
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The kits that come with two buckets and a carboy; here's the deal:

One bucket (without the spigot) is the primary fermenter. It's sized for 7.5 gallons or so, to be big enough to hold the krausen (layer of foam), generated by an active primary fermentation, without overflowing the container all the time. The carboy will be a 5-gallon carboy that is used for a "secondary" fermentation period -- during this time the yeast is much calmer and the beer is simply absorbing flavors, clearing up, etc. The value of this step is very much in debate. The bucket with the spigot is the bottling bucket; you siphon the beer from the fermenter along with a boiled sugar solution into this bucket, and then into bottles through the spigot (different methods for doing this). The added sugar causes fermentation in the bottles that carbonates the beer.

Anyway, to answer your question, the carboy in such kits (5-gallon) is not generally recommended for primary fermentations. The reason it is so small is that when the beer is put in there to age or whatever, the level reaches up close to the neck so that less surface is exposed to potential oxygen (since at this point the yeast are no longer producing much CO2 to protect the head space of the container). You *will* have an overflow if you do primary fermentation in one of these. You don't always (I would even say you don't usually) have to do a secondary fermentation, but it's nice to have the carboy in case you want do some bulk aging or long term aging of a very strong beer, flavor additions, etc.

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Old 02-19-2011, 09:33 PM   #22
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The Cooper's kits are not sitting in Amazon's warehouse, they come directly from Cooper's USA store:

Video Link: http://www.amazon.com/Coopers-Brewery-Micro-Brew-Beer-Kit/dp/B0002F0O7W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1298060289&sr=8-1

I have two Cooper's kits and love them. Great way to get started and while the Cooper's can's and such aren't so hot you simply don't have to use them. You can brew any company's beer kits and your own recipe's with the Cooper's equipment.

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Old 02-19-2011, 09:38 PM   #23
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You know I actually thought the same thing but thought I'd let it slide...
Well, he said, "Hello, men" so he obviously was ignoring all of us females so we're not answering!

You'd be surprised how many females are here on the forum, by the way! We're just not ones to say, "I'm a woman". We're brewers. That's why we're here. The fact that many of us are female is beside the point.

Interestingly enough (or not), I am a veteran of the US Army myself.

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From what I've seen of those style of kit,there's a fermentation bucket with a hole on the lid for the airlock,carboy for secondary fermentation (dry hoping,& other additions) where you also add some water to which the priming sugar is added. You then syphon into the bottling bucket (the one with the tap near the bottom. You connect the plastic tube & bottle filler to that. I use the Cooper's fermenter,etc,& it works fine. As was stated previously,you can use them to brew however you want!
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Old 02-20-2011, 11:47 AM   #25
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Interestingly enough (or not), I am a veteran of the US Army myself.

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Yooper just keeps getting sexier everyday.
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If your kit does not come with a book, I would be sure to get one. Maybe its just me, but I often find myself away from my computer thinking about brewing.

In the mean time here's a free on-line book. www.howtobrew.com

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I just spit out my coffee at that one. Thanks for the laugh!

When I started brewing, I found this online book to be the most helpful: http://howtobrew.com/intro.html

Some of us use only buckets, some use only carboys, and some use a mix of the two. I'd suggest starting with a bucket, an "ale pail" and an autosiphon to start, along with a couple of extra airlocks, and buy another bucket or carboy in the future. You'll need a bottling bucket, too, at the very beginning.
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