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Old 03-23-2010, 04:03 AM   #1
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I searched before asking this but only found one short thread on the subject. Is a 6 gallon better bottle ok to use as a secondary fermenter? The guy at my lhbs recommended it but now I am reading that a five gallon would be better because it allows for less head space. I already bought the 6 gallon bottle and my lhbs isn't very local so I'd lie to use it if it's safe.

I am making an American ale and adding bourbon soaked oak chips to the secondary.

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Old 03-23-2010, 04:06 AM   #2
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Yep, it's fine.

When you rack to secondary you'll stir up enough CO2 to fill the head space on a 6 gallon.

Of course, you can also just skip the secondary by doing a long primary instead, and then you can use the 6 gallon as a second primary fermenter.

 
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Old 03-23-2010, 04:10 AM   #3
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Of course, you can also just skip the secondary by doing a long primary instead, and then you can use the 6 gallon as a second primary fermenter.
Can I put the oak chips right into primary for a week instead of racking to secondary? Thanks again.

 
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Old 03-23-2010, 04:15 AM   #4
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Yep.

The only reason that a lot flavoring agents are recommended for the secondary instead of the primary is that bubbling CO2 through them will destroy the aroma/flavor. As long as you wait till the airlock stops bubbling furiously it will be fine.

Dry hopping is a good example of that. Oak is usually done in the secondary just because you don't want to expose the beer to it for a full 1 month primary. (1-2 weeks is plenty for infusing a sinus roaring oak flavor.)

 
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Old 03-23-2010, 05:56 AM   #5
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+1 on the long primary.
Secondary? What's a secondary?
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Also agreed on the primary. If you're only talking a week just toss the oak right in there.
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