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Old 09-02-2011, 02:41 AM   #1
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I am generally over on the other site making wine. My dad twisted my arm and asked me to brew him a batch of beer. I just ordered him a Bavarian Hefeweisen kit from northern brewers. Since I make wine most of the time my carboys are 6 gal.

When making beer does head space in the carboy matter as much as it does in Wine?

 
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Old 09-02-2011, 02:43 AM   #2
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more. beer ferments generating a krausen, which wine doesn't really at all. still, the beer kits are designed to make 5g, and your carboys are 6g, so no problem
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Old 09-02-2011, 02:43 AM   #3
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Yes but beer can make a krausen which is a foam and that is what the head space is for... and to keep a co2 layer on the beer.
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Old 09-02-2011, 03:03 AM   #4
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During primary fermentation the yeast will generate lots of c02, as it would with wine. This will lay over the beer like a blanket and protect it from oxidation.

I do 10 gal batches split into 2 6.5 gal carboys and have never had a problem with oxidation. 6 gal carboys may actually be a bit crowed as the ale yeast will create quite a thick cake on top of the beer - you'll need room to accommodate that.

While I am not a fan of the 'blow off tube' (and that's another conversation) you might consider using one in this case or at least keep an eye on your bubbler/airlock to be sure it doesn't get clogged. This is all the more true if you are not closely managing the fermentation temp to keep it in the 68-72 deg range.

 
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Old 09-02-2011, 03:07 AM   #5
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I also have a 7 gal carboy. From what I am reading that would be a better option?

 
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Old 09-02-2011, 03:08 AM   #6

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I also have a 7 gal carboy. From what I am reading that would be a better option?
Yes, imho.

 
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Old 09-02-2011, 03:11 AM   #7
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i wouldn't worry about either carboy, but to make sure, go for the 7, like pappers says. no reason taking chances if it's sitting there empty. i have several different sizes of fermenters, and even as an experienced brewer, i still used the biggest fermenter with a new recipe
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