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Irena 03-01-2011 07:57 PM

No headspace in carboy!!
 
i brewed a batch of brown ale today but after boiling for 2 hours there was about 6 gallon wort in brew pot (i have a 5 gallon carboy),so i filled the carboy till it was full of wort without any headspace ,actually when i putted the lid some wort spilled out.i don't know but suddenly i remembred i was reading somewhere there should be a headspace in carboy but couldn't find it! is that right ?
thanks.

spareparts 03-01-2011 08:00 PM

Yeah, you'll want a gallon to a gallon and a half of headspace in the carboy. Recommend that you syphon off the excess or you're going to have a big mess when the yeast start fermentation.

ihomebrewing 03-01-2011 08:02 PM

You will need some head space, or all your yeast will just spew out the top.

6.5 Gal fermenter pails work well, and are cheap. Then you can use your carboy for secondary, as the volume will be less once you rack.

Irena 03-01-2011 08:04 PM

other than that (exploding carboy) will there be any issue ? i mean final beer differences ?

findlaym 03-01-2011 08:28 PM

you risk contamination via suckback from the airlock or blowoff tube. I would siphon off some wort and use a blowoff tube rather than an airlock. just to be safe.

rycov 03-01-2011 08:33 PM

if it was meant to be five gallons and is six then it will probably be lighter than was intended. what was your OG?

BendBrewer 03-01-2011 08:39 PM

Quote:

No headspace in carboy!!
That's why I bought a van boy.

ihomebrewing 03-01-2011 08:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BendBrewer (Post 2694285)
That's why I bought a van boy.

lol!

Irena 03-01-2011 09:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rycov (Post 2694265)
if it was meant to be five gallons and is six then it will probably be lighter than was intended. what was your OG?

yes,the OG is a bit lower than what is said in recipe(recipie OG=1.050 and mine is 1.038),but i don't care ABV too much.

Quote:

Originally Posted by BendBrewer (Post 2694285)
That's why I bought a van boy.

i have a van boy already but he(it) doesn't like beer.

rycov 03-01-2011 10:22 PM

yeah. i dont care about abv much either. other wise i would drink wiskey:D
but i meant body and everything else. but it will still be beer, and it should definately be tastey


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