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Old 02-02-2011, 02:32 AM   #1
Jan 2011
Central, NJ
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I just transferred my midwest java stout kit from primary to secondary. Added coffee and scrapings of 3 vanilla beans to it. Smelled and tasted great coming out of the primary, but had a problem with my autosiphon and couldn't get the last 3/4 of a gallon, so I have a lot of headspace in the carboy.

Since I was concerned about oxidation, I sprayed released some inert gas into the carboy (I have this for wine making and preservation) before stopping it. Anything else I should do? Top it off with some spring water? Ignore it?

Thanks in advance for the responses...you guys are great on here.

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Old 02-02-2011, 02:34 AM   #2
Nov 2010
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no worries. it will be fine. i have had 5 gal in a 6.5 gal carboy. no problems
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Old 02-02-2011, 02:36 AM   #3
Apr 2010
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Souds like it should be fine as is.

Next time you can just rack it to secondary and put the airlock on. After its all sealed up swirl the carboy a couple times, this will cause the release of CO2 from the beer and help to purge the head space.
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