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Old 12-01-2012, 04:26 PM   #1
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my begginers kit came with 2 buckets and several other items to make one 5 gallon brew, the primary would sit in one of the buckets until bottling day. If i were to buy a 5 gallon carboy could i put the 1st brew into the 5gal carboy instead of the bucket for the 1st primary and then create another batch and let it sit in the original bucket as the second brew primary?

or are carboys generally for secondarys



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Old 12-01-2012, 04:33 PM   #2
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You need more head space than that 5G carboy will give with a 5 gallon brew in it. Just use the ale pale that has no spigot from your kit for primary. The spigoted one is a bottling bucket.


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Old 12-01-2012, 04:36 PM   #3
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5 gallon carboys are usually for secondaries as they reduce the amount of head space for longer term conditioning. Too much head space can be detrimental as O2 can become present and create oxidized beer, same holds true for using 6.5 buckets as a secondary. 6 or 6.5 gallon carboys can be used for primaries as they allow for adequate head space for fermentation.

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Old 12-01-2012, 04:41 PM   #4
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You need more head space than that 5G carboy will give with a 5 gallon brew in it. Just use the ale pale that has no spigot from your kit for primary. The spigoted one is a bottling bucket.
it only comes with two buckets
http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/brewing/beer-equipment-starter-kits/essential-brewing-starter-kit.html

What would i need to add to make 2 brews to be fermenting at once?
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Old 12-01-2012, 04:46 PM   #5
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Another 5 gallon fermenting bucket with lid and airlock. If you are trying to brew a true 5 gallon batch I suggest a 6.5 gallon bucket, it will give you more head space, less chance of the lid blowing off and making a mess

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Old 12-01-2012, 04:47 PM   #6
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What would i need to add to make 2 brews to be fermenting at once?
Get another fermenting bucket or a 6 gallon Better Bottle carboy. e sure to get an airlock and maybe a blowoff setup for whichever you get.
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Thanks a million for answering my extremely noob questions, i should have been able to figure it out myself!



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