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Old 06-09-2009, 11:24 PM   #1
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I am thinking of trying to get 1 more 5 gallon batch of beer started and finished for my wedding guests to enjoy in less than 7 weeks. (Weeding is July 25th) I already have 2 batchs in 6.5 gallon bucket ferminators. I was able to pick up 2 3.5 gallon buckets today from food service.

I want to know if using a 3.5 gal bucket as a primary to ferment 2.5 gal of beer will leave too much air-space at the top and result in substandard beer. I would rather not spend the money for another 6.5 gallon bucket set-up if I am only going to use it once for this special occasion.

Any thoughts...recomendations? Perhaps trying to get another ale done, bottled and condictioned in just over 6 weeks might be pushing it.

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The gallon of headspace isn't an issue, it will quickly fill up with Co2 from fermentation. Personally though, I think you can never have too many fermenters! Even a Better Bottle or carboy is cheap amortized over the dozens (or hundreds!) of batches you will ultimately use them for.

Go for a hefe, if you like them. They ferment quickly and are intended to be enjoyed while young. A British mild is another good option for a quick turnaround. For best results, keep the OG on the small side...they will be ready quicker, and your wedding guests won't get too smashed!
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The gallon of headspace isn't an issue, it will quickly fill up with Co2 from fermentation. Personally though, I think you can never have too many fermenters! Even a Better Bottle or carboy is cheap amortized over the dozens (or hundreds!) of batches you will ultimately use them for.

Go for a hefe, if you like them. They ferment quickly and are intended to be enjoyed while young. A British mild is another good option or a quick turnaround. For best results, keep the OG on the small side...they will be ready quicker, and your wedding guests won't get too smashed!
dont you want them to get smashed?
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Depends on how large of a security deposit the reception hall is charging!
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The gallon of headspace isn't an issue, it will quickly fill up with Co2 from fermentation. Personally though, I think you can never have too many fermenters! Even a Better Bottle or carboy is cheap amortized over the dozens (or hundreds!) of batches you will ultimately use them for.

Go for a hefe, if you like them. They ferment quickly and are intended to be enjoyed while young. A British mild is another good option or a quick turnaround. For best results, keep the OG on the small side...they will be ready quicker, and your wedding guests won't get too smashed!
Thanks for the input. I just started brewing a month ago and just bottled my first batch. Have not made a hefe yet so I think I will give that a try. I can just add the cost of more equipment to the "official wedding budget".

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hey mick, perfect fermenting temps in our iowa basements right now... mine is a consistent 62 deg, that would put the fermentation around 68-70, just about perfect for a nice hefe. congrats on the wedding!
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