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Old 03-01-2011, 08:57 PM   #1
Irena
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i brewed a batch of brown ale today but after boiling for 2 hours there was about 6 gallon wort in brew pot (i have a 5 gallon carboy),so i filled the carboy till it was full of wort without any headspace ,actually when i putted the lid some wort spilled out.i don't know but suddenly i remembred i was reading somewhere there should be a headspace in carboy but couldn't find it! is that right ?
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Old 03-01-2011, 09:00 PM   #2
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Yeah, you'll want a gallon to a gallon and a half of headspace in the carboy. Recommend that you syphon off the excess or you're going to have a big mess when the yeast start fermentation.



 
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Old 03-01-2011, 09:02 PM   #3
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You will need some head space, or all your yeast will just spew out the top.

6.5 Gal fermenter pails work well, and are cheap. Then you can use your carboy for secondary, as the volume will be less once you rack.
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Old 03-01-2011, 09:04 PM   #4
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other than that (exploding carboy) will there be any issue ? i mean final beer differences ?

 
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Old 03-01-2011, 09:28 PM   #5
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you risk contamination via suckback from the airlock or blowoff tube. I would siphon off some wort and use a blowoff tube rather than an airlock. just to be safe.

 
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Old 03-01-2011, 09:33 PM   #6
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if it was meant to be five gallons and is six then it will probably be lighter than was intended. what was your OG?
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Old 03-01-2011, 09:39 PM   #7
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That's why I bought a van boy.

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Old 03-01-2011, 09:45 PM   #8
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That's why I bought a van boy.
lol!
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Old 03-01-2011, 10:48 PM   #9
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if it was meant to be five gallons and is six then it will probably be lighter than was intended. what was your OG?
yes,the OG is a bit lower than what is said in recipe(recipie OG=1.050 and mine is 1.038),but i don't care ABV too much.

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That's why I bought a van boy.
i have a van boy already but he(it) doesn't like beer.

 
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Old 03-01-2011, 11:22 PM   #10
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yeah. i dont care about abv much either. other wise i would drink wiskey
but i meant body and everything else. but it will still be beer, and it should definately be tastey


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