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Old 04-14-2007, 02:37 AM   #1
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I have a 6.5 carboy that I plan on doing a 4 gallon batch in this weekend. I have an empty Mr.Beer keg sitting around and I was wondering if it would be a bad idea to put some of the 4 gallons(2.3 gallons) in my mr.beer to condition?

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Old 04-14-2007, 02:41 AM   #2
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Well, I guess that could work, if you transfer quietly without splashing into it. But you'd be better off transferring the whole batch to a 5 gallon carboy if you could. What are you doing with the rest of the beer?

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I was going to bottle the portion out of the primary.

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Here is my post on it from a while back before I got the decent brewing equip. Good info, but on the whole, I think it is not a terrible idea. You just need somewhere to keep it until it clears.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=19345

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Old 04-14-2007, 01:51 PM   #5
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I have one and use it for just that purpose. It's probably better as a primary for smaller batches though. As Yooper Chick mentioned, it's not an air tight container. While this isn't a problem when your "out-flow" from primary fermentation is strong, it's slightly risky when your alomost fully attentuated.

As I said, I've used mine as a secondary without incident.

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