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Old 11-02-2009, 10:47 PM   #1
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I just bough some used brewing equipment from a guy on craigslist. it came with a 6 and 5gal. glass carboys. should i use the same size carboy when fermenting or could i use the different sizes during the 1st and 2nd stages.

 
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Old 11-02-2009, 10:49 PM   #2
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Use the 6 gallon fermenter for primary. You will need the extra headspace for the krausen. If you chose to use a secondary, that is when you should use the 5gal.

 
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Old 11-02-2009, 10:50 PM   #3
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Use the 6 gallon during primary to reduce the risk of blowoff. The 5 gallon one can probably be safely used for secondary. Welcome to the obsession...

 
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Old 11-02-2009, 10:50 PM   #4
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Use the 6 gallon for primary fermentation, and then rack to the 5 gallon if you need to do long-term conditioning or whatnot. The 6 gallon will give you extra headspace to help cut down on the amount of crap that gets blown off during fermentation, and the 5 gallon should give you very little surface area so as to limit the amount of oxidation that could take place during a long storage.

 
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Old 11-02-2009, 11:02 PM   #5
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I have one 5 gallon that I use for cider, as there is no krausen.
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Old 11-03-2009, 12:47 AM   #6
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thanks guys.

 
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