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Old 05-08-2009, 04:38 AM   #1
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Hey all,

I'm brewing my VERY first batch of beer (yay!). I have two 23L glass carboys. I'm wondering if it is a bad idea to use a glass carboy with an airlock as a primary fermenter. Is there a risk of a blowoff? What are the pros/cons. I do not have a "ale pail" and am too busy/lazy to run out and get one. Thanks in advance for sharing your wisdom

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Old 05-08-2009, 04:49 AM   #2
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I don't think you run any more of a risk of blow off by using a carboy instead of an ale pail. If you are really worried about blow off you should rig up a blow off tube. Good luck!

 
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Old 05-08-2009, 04:54 AM   #3
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I used glass carboys as primaries for several years without issue. Sometimes you need a blow off and sometimes you don't.

Pros: It's nice to see what's going on in there.
Cons: It's scary to see what's going on in there.

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Old 05-08-2009, 06:07 AM   #4
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this place is amazing!
thanks for the info. I think I'll set up a blowoff tube.

 
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Old 05-08-2009, 07:25 AM   #5
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Foam control drops can help make the most of fermenter (and kettle!) headspace:
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Old 05-08-2009, 08:42 AM   #6
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Just make some slightly smaller batches, like 4.75 gallons instead of the full 5 gallons. No problem!
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Old 05-08-2009, 09:22 AM   #7
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Just make some slightly smaller batches, like 4.75 gallons instead of the full 5 gallons. No problem!
The standard in Canada is 23L or 6 gallons for some reason so using a carboy for the primary isn't always the best option. I use a bucket then carboy, I miss seeing what happens during the initial stage but thats ok.

 
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Old 05-08-2009, 12:14 PM   #8
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The standard in Canada is 23L or 6 gallons for some reason so using a carboy for the primary isn't always the best option. I use a bucket then carboy, I miss seeing what happens during the initial stage but thats ok.

I was looking forward to seeing a fermentation in my 6 gallon carboy, it's been tied up with Apfelwein for 2 months! I was cleaning it out after bottling yesterday and noticed a crack on the bottom. Back to the buckets and Better Bottles ordered....!!!!





I'm just relieved that the wein is in the bottle and not all over the floor! Not to mention the possibility of injury...

I'll just have to wait a while before I get to see a primary fermentation in action!
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Just finishing my first brew and wanted to use the 23L glass. but in the process of pouring the wort into the carboy, the foam created was overflowing to the point that I could only get about half to 3/4 of it in there. How do you guys manage to get the whole 5 gal (i would have been happy with 4.5) into there without running into this problem. I used a funnel and poured through that to get the aeration, it was from a Brewhouse kit, so there was not much choice.

 
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Old 05-08-2009, 12:32 PM   #10
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Did you pour from pot to carboy? or Pot to Pale to pitch then carboy?

Hopefully you used the second method questioned. If not - next time pour to pale, cool wort, pitch yeast, areate and then auto sipon to carboy.
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