I have a question regarding splitting a batch that I'm hoping someone could answer. Here's the deal...
I'm making an extract wheat beer for the summer, and was planning on racking it to two secondary carboys onto fruit - 2.5gal onto raspberries in carboy 1, and 2.5gal onto blueberries in carboy 2. I have the wheat in the primary ale-pail, and for the carboys, I have a 5gal better bottle and a 6.5gal glass. My goal was to split the batch at secondary and put them in their respective carboys with the fruit for another week.
Will the beer be OK if I split it like this with that much head space in each carboy, or should I just stick with just one of the fruits (raspberry) in one carboy?
I've looked at a few other threads regarding secondary head space, but none of them have gone terribly in-detail. Allow me to diffuse a few questions before they roll in...
- I don't have a kegging system or access to CO2, so I can't purge the carboys as some have recommended in other threads.
- I don't have any smaller carboys, such as 3gal ones.
Feedback or suggestions? I don't want to risk oxidizing the beer if it would be safer to avoid that much headspace. Thanks in advance!