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Old 09-03-2009, 05:03 PM   #1
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So i have two brews planned i would like to do about a week or 2 apart and only have one 6.5 gal carboy. However I have access to a 5 gal (old glass water cooler carboy) that i could use as a secondary. My question is do you think that racking to a secondary will little head space (assuming filled up to the neck with an inch or two till the very top) would work? I know yeast will foam but how much will it foam from after 2 weeks in the primary? what are your thoughts


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Old 09-03-2009, 05:06 PM   #2
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Not only will it work, but is recommended. You want as little headspace as possible when bulk aging/using a clearing tank. I have an RIS that has about 3/4" from the top of the brew to the bottom of the stopper on the airlock. It's been in there for about 2 months now.

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Old 09-03-2009, 05:13 PM   #3
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A 5 gal carboy is all I have ever used for secondary vessel, never a problem. By the time you leave behind the trub and a bit of liquid on top of the trub you will have a wee bit of space left in your 5 gal.

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Old 09-04-2009, 05:47 PM   #4
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That is my regular method-
one 6 gallon primary, racked into one of two 5 gallon secondarys.
When, I'm "heavily" brewing, I can have up to three batches going at once.
Usually it is only two though...time constraints.
-Those that know don’t close the door on those that don’t know (The Gourds, "Education Song")...
-The brewer's yeast ferments, and forgives, all that you did...(The Gourds, "Right in the Head")...

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