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Old 09-01-2006, 08:50 PM   #1
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So I was in a kitchen supply joint this afternoon looking around and saw something interesting...there in the store is this little 2-gallon jar with a very heavy glass lid w/ rubber gasket. It felt heavy enough to hold out air, but would probably lift up a smidge to let out any excess pressure from any remaining co2 production. I still use my little 2-gallon Mr. Beer rig for experimental recipes and small batch schtuff. Sound feasible? I'd really love to have a few smaller secondaries for small batch work, because I'm under the impression that there is just too much airspace in a brewers bucket, too much potential for disaster.

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Old 09-01-2006, 08:55 PM   #2
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A 3 gallon carboy, bung, and airlock can be yours for about $20. That'll be much less likely to get contaminated than the big jar than you describe.


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Or just buy 5 gallon keg for $15 and use it as a secondary, it will also make first step toward kegging your beer.
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Or buy some apple juice in gallon jugs, make cider, drink, reuse. The ones I have take a carboy cork.
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Where are you getting corny's for $15?!?
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Aaah, I was under the impression that it was desirable to hve as little air as possible in the secondary, so was looking at something as close as possible to total volume. Thanks
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Where are you getting corny's for $15?!?
http://www.homebrewing.org/5-Gallon-...ck_p_0-70.html
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I've had the same question about too much head space in secondary. Somebody I know suggested filling part of the space with sanitized glass marbles.

Has anybody tried doing something like this?
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I've had the same question about too much head space in secondary. Somebody I know suggested filling part of the space with sanitized glass marbles.

Has anybody tried doing something like this?
No offence to anyone who does this but that sounds like a really bizarre idea. I just purge the deadspace with CO2. Normally theres enough CO2 released to fill the space during the siphoning.
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just fill the headspace with C02 and you will never have a problem
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