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Old 06-10-2009, 03:16 PM   #1
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Ok, I bought it used for $15 bucks from a friend. He says its 6.5 gallons. After pouring a batch in that I figured was about 5 gallons it could even hold it all. So my question is this... I either made 7 gallons of beer or my fermenter is 5 gallons. My height is 19" and the carboy is 33.5 " around. Is it a 5 or a 6.5? Can anyone help?
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Old 06-10-2009, 03:18 PM   #2
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how about using a known measure to find capacity. either a 1 gallon milk jug, or 1/2 gallon-1 gallon pitcher.

 
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Old 06-10-2009, 03:20 PM   #3
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I think he's wanting to find out now, without pouring out the precious beer he has in it at the moment.
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Old 06-10-2009, 03:25 PM   #4
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oops i kinda purged the fact he had beer in it.

 
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Old 06-10-2009, 03:32 PM   #5
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I think he's wanting to find out now. . .
Some quick measurements:

5 gallon = 33 1/2" circumference x 19" tall
6 gallon = 36" circumference x 20" tall
6 1/2 gallon = 38" circumference x 21" tall

 
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Old 06-10-2009, 03:33 PM   #6
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Area = R x R x 3.14
Gallons = area x average depth x 7.48
Liters = Gallons x 3.785
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Gals. = Diameter x Diameter x Avg. Depth x 5.9

based on circum of 33.5
radius = 5.32 inches = .44333 feet

.44333 x .44333 x 3.14 = 0.61714 area
0.61714 x 1.375 (16.5") x 7.47 = 6.338 gallons

i would assume it is 6.5 gallons, this doesnt account for the glass thickness, so it may be a 6 gallon carboy

 
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Old 06-10-2009, 04:04 PM   #7
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I got all kinds of different answers when i googled . Above AnOld UR says its a 5 gallon and Pure you believe its 6.5 or 6. I guess I may have to wait til after fermentation to fill it with water using a milk gallon. I REALLY hope its 6.5. Its made in Mexico and has the checkered look to the glass, not smooth all the way around... has the bumps in the glass if that helps at all.
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Old 06-10-2009, 04:05 PM   #8
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depending on the age it could be any size. is it stamped anywhere?

 
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Old 06-10-2009, 04:12 PM   #9
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It's almost certainly a 5 gallon carboy.

 
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Old 06-10-2009, 04:14 PM   #10
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ok never try to tip your carboy to look for stamps without holding the blow off cup full of yeasty beer blowoff... especially on a rug. All i saw was do not bump, do not heat and fragile made in mexico. And Cat22 yes I am fearing it is 5 too... pretty bummed. It looks big enough to hold 6.5 to me though... when I think of pouring gallons of milk in it seems like 5 wouldn't reach the top but who knows. Now to clean my rug.
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