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Old 02-25-2010, 07:13 PM   #1
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Default First time using secondary and too much head space..

I am using a secondary vessel for racking for the first time, and my volume is about 3/4 to 1/2 gallon too low...I racked from a 6.4 g to a 5 g and I guess I was never at the correct amount in the primary vessel.

Am I screwed? Is this too much headspace for a 2 week rest?

I did spray the space with some argon gas used for preserving wine bottles in an attempt to displace the O2 and fitted it tightly with the airlock.

Any suggestions?


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Old 02-25-2010, 07:20 PM   #2
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if you just got done with the primary, there should be some Co2 coming out to keep it safe. argon cant hurt IMO. I also racked to a 5 gallon and was about 3/4 gallon short. I let it sit for a week with a towel around it and it was fine, however I was told it could stay for about a month like that because of the Co2. someone correct me if I'm wrong!@


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Old 02-25-2010, 07:24 PM   #3
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Resist the urge to mess with it and leave it perfectly still, there will be a small amount of CO2 produced and this will be fine for a short secondary. Argon is probably overkill, but cant hurt if you have easy access to it. I have 3.5 gallons of an imperial stout in a 5 gallon carboy right now. Plan on another couple weeks until bottling.
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Old 02-25-2010, 08:58 PM   #4
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Is this is a common occurence, though? I used my "5 gallon" carboy to secondary my ESB, and it seemed almost like a 6-gallon carboy due the headspace. I definitely had 5 gallons in there, since I bottled 2+ cases. Are all carboys not created equally?
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Old 02-26-2010, 04:25 PM   #5
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thanks for the advice.

I am hoping that there actually was enough dissolved CO2 in there, because I made very sure that my primary was finished (SG readings that were constant 1.009 3 days in a row) before making the transfer, and there has been no fermentation "takeoff" so far.
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Old 02-26-2010, 05:18 PM   #6
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It is very common & there is no need to worry.

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When I have alot of headspace in the secondary I just shake the carboy around a little after racking to secondary until there are bubbles on top. Then I put the airlock in and the CO2 from the bubbles push all the oxygen out.
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When I have alot of headspace in the secondary I just shake the carboy around a little after racking to secondary until there are bubbles on top. Then I put the airlock in and the CO2 from the bubbles push all the oxygen out.
I would not "shake" at all. The CO2 will offgas naturally, and shaking may actually oxidize the beer.


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