Originally Posted by Tymk
I'm sorry if this question has been asked already. It probably has since there's so many pages to browse through. But I'm wondering about the size of the batch being 6 gallons.. I have 6.5 gallon fermenter buckets and I'm sure that only .5 gallons will not be enough to handle a vigorous fermentation. I have experience with a Tripel overflowing my fermenter and it was not fun. Since it's a bucket I can't really install a blowoff tube either, nor do I want to lose a lot of krausen.
Any way I can modify this recipe slightly to allow more fermenting room to say.. 5.5 gal? Or perhaps ferment a more concentrated beer and dilute in secondary? I highly doubt the latter option is a good idea. This recipe looks amazing but the 6 gallon part is holding me back. What to do
Alternatively, cool the beer before racking to the fermenter and let some tribe settle out beforehand over say an hour once cooled (covered of course). I've done this before and racked it just like you would off a yeast bed, only a little higher to avoid disturbing the loose trub bed, say starting halfway up the boil pot for my transfer. As long as the yeast is ready to go and gets a quick start, no problems. And the us-04 always gets a quick start for me. I would personally sacrifice a little beer and just make it stronger at the smaller batch size.