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Old 12-14-2009, 01:31 AM   #1
Dec 2009
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I started a imperial stout on Saturday and within 8 hours it was going nuts. Yeast starter ftw. I'm doing primary in a 6 gallon better bottle and from what I can tell, I've probably lost .5-.75 gallons from blow off.

I'm planning on transfering to a 5 gallon secondary but a little concerned that since I now only have 4.5 gallons, I'll have too much head space and the beer will oxidize. Should I be concerned about this (I plan to age in secondary for at least a month)? If I should be concerned is there any way to bring the volume up to lose headspace, like adding sanitized marbles or something?

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Old 12-14-2009, 03:58 AM   #2
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Oct 2009
Lawrence, KS, Kansas
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I have an IPA that due to hop absorbtion and blowoff loss only made about 4.25 into the secondary. It's been in there 3 weeks and it's fine. I figure I'll only get about 4 gals into the keg. You'll be fine with 4.5 in a 5 gal carboy.

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Old 12-14-2009, 05:25 AM   #3
Feb 2009
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Sounds like you should be okay.

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