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Old 09-19-2010, 01:17 AM   #1
Sep 2010
Seacoast NH, New Hampshire
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I racked ~5.5g from my plastic bucket primary to a 5g carboy. It was a good thing that I had 5.5g in the primary b/c the volume of cider I was able to rack off gave just enough headroom in the carboy.

In the secondary, the cider continued to ferment and there's about 1" of accumulated lees. I'd like to rack the cider off again into another 5g carboy, but I'm going to have a shortfall and a big headspace.

What do y'all do to make up this space... boiled water? Any other options?

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Old 09-19-2010, 01:27 AM   #2
Jul 2010
Blacksburg/Herndon, VA
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Some wine makers sanatize glass marbles and toss them in there to take up volume
If I had 8 hours to chop down a tree, I would spend 6 sharpening my axe. ~Abe Lincoln

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Old 09-19-2010, 01:57 AM   #3
Oct 2007
Charlottesville, VA
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Do you have CO2? I blow some CO2 on the top after racking.

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Old 09-19-2010, 07:57 AM   #4
May 2008
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Or, if you may want it backsweetened a little, I add a can of apple concentrate. and top off with water.
In Primary: Belgium Chimay clones.
In Secondary: Braggot, pale ale, end of the world white.
Conditioning: Mead, Cider, braggot, Belgium Wheat.
On Tap: Clones, Chimay Blue, Red, Porter, malted cider.
Bottles: Far, far, too many to list.

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