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Old 04-02-2007, 03:35 PM   #1
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Many of you are wondering why I want to make a smaller batch in my carboy, but I do not have enough bottles and I would prefer to do a smaller batch.

Will there be problems with doing a 3.5 batch in a 6.5 gallon carboy?
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Old 04-02-2007, 04:44 PM   #2
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Nope, go for it. The headspace will quickly fill with CO2 and you'll be fine. Now, if you plan to rack to secondary, I'd suggest doing so when your still have SOME bubbling going on just to be sure the headspace is purged of O2.
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Old 04-02-2007, 06:16 PM   #3

No but making one bigger than 6.5gal will be messy

If I were you, I'd take the bottle challenge... make a full 5 gallons of beer, then go out and buy some good microbrews (with non-twist tops) and try to empty them all by drinking before your brew is ready to bottle. Much more fun than making 3 gallons of brew...
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