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Old 05-31-2007, 04:35 PM   #1
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Default Primary / Secondary Ferm. Options

Here are my options for fermentation, which would you suggest.

I have a 6.5 gal bucket and a 6.5 gal carboy. I meant to buy a 5 gal carboy, but i got a 6.5 gal instead. I'm planning on getting a 5 soon, but not for a bit.

Should I:

Bucket - Pri
Carboy - Sec.

or

Carboy - Pri
Bucket - Sec

My smack pack is smacked and expanding, that was an experience. I've never used one before and was afraid of breaking it.

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Old 05-31-2007, 04:37 PM   #2
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Use the bucket for the primary. You don't want to use it as a secondary.

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Old 05-31-2007, 04:40 PM   #3
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Use the bucket for the primary.

I would suggest getting another glass so you can see your fermentation at work.
Its a cool thing the first time you see it.

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I would suggest the first option. The buckets are good for short-term primary ferments because they offer more headspace than a carboy to accommodate a vigorous ferment and krausen. You can also put a big strainer like this over a bucket to help remove break material and/or aerate the wort.

The carboys make good secondaries because they seal up really well and are virtually impervious to oxygen, plus you can see if the beer is clearing well.

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Yeah i was planning on using the bucket for the pri, but watching it swirl around in the glass was tempting.

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Yeah i was planning on using the bucket for the pri, but watching it swirl around in the glass was tempting.
You can put it in the glass and not use a secondary too.
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Yeah i was planning on using the bucket for the pri, but watching it swirl around in the glass was tempting.
thats what i thought on my last batch until the head started spilling outa the airlock! . only got about 3.5 gallons outa that batch
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Carboy, then bucket if you plan on dry hopping. Otherwise, it doesn't matter. You want swirllies, go for it!

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Use the 6.5 gallon glass carboy as a primary.
Buy a 5 gallon glass carboy for secondary (less head space / oxidation)
Use the plastic bucket to bottle.

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