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Old 01-31-2010, 12:36 AM   #1
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This may be a stupid Q but I just picked up a glass carboy today and I know that alot of times its used for secondary fermentation but is there anything against using it for primary or is it better for primary to be in an opaque pail to keep it darker for the yeast?



 
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Old 01-31-2010, 12:39 AM   #2
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It's fine for primary (or secondary, for that matter). If it's in an area with light, you can just throw a towel or a blanket over it.

If it's only a 5 gallon carboy, it's kind of small though. I prefer a 6.5 gallon carboy for primary, for head space during fermentation.


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Old 01-31-2010, 12:49 AM   #3
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Its a 6gal - thanks for the fast response and the tips

 
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Old 01-31-2010, 12:54 AM   #4
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if your worried about light expositor just keep it in the box it came in with the lid flaps shut and the airlock sticking out. beer is not like film a little light wont kill it.

 
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Old 01-31-2010, 01:02 AM   #5
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also, fermcap or similar foam killer may be in order...

 
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Yeah, 6 gal should be ok for a 5 gal batch, but I'd use a blow-off tube instead of an air-lock. Some of mine pushed the air-lock out, and there are stories of people having beer splattered on their ceiling using 6.5 gal carboys with air-locks.

Also, be careful with glass carboys. I prefer to use glass over plastic, but I have a nasty scar on my wrist from one that I broke. Not to mention the lack of feeling in my index and middle fingers and my thumb due to a severed nerve. Someone started this thread about making them safer. Just something to think about...
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Old 01-31-2010, 07:40 AM   #7
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I use my 6.5 gallon glass carboy for fermentation. I've been keeping my brews in there between 3 to 4 weeks before bottling. I've only done three batches but they have been turning out really well and I've been getting really clear beer too.

 
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if only.... a 15 gallon carboy existed and for a decent price.

 
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Old 01-31-2010, 09:39 PM   #9
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one of my LHBSs has an old green 15gal carboy with a wicker basket built around it for sale, I think the sticker on it says $50...
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Old 02-06-2010, 11:54 PM   #10
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Homebrew and film processing- thats a great concept for an experimental film er I mean beer.
Its too bad film couldnt be developed with beer or at least something non toxic. I always wanted to bucket print a roll of 16mm or 8mm
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