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Old 04-16-2007, 09:59 PM   #1
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I too have previously brewed beer(2 pale ales) in a primary only and then bottled.

This is my first time to use a 5 gallon primary carboy and then after 9 days, I racked it into a secondary ( a 6.5 gallon carboy).

Question is this. The carboy has a lot of head space and as far as I can tell is hardly bubling(the airlock doesnt seem to do much). Is there a chance that I will get oxygenation that will mess up the beer. I dry hopped this time and the hops just seem to sit on top of the wort.


Any help , advice, words of encouragement are appreciated.

 
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Old 04-16-2007, 10:49 PM   #2
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You should definately use the 6.5 for primary and the 5 for secondary as no fermentation is supposed to take place in the secondary, it is only a clearing vessel. You shouldn't get any oxegenation though, CO2 is heavier than O2, so it will blanket the brew protecting it.
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Old 04-16-2007, 11:39 PM   #3
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I let my caramel cream ale (5gal) sit in a 6gal secondary for 3 weeks and didn't notice any issues.
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Old 04-17-2007, 01:17 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by McKBrew
I let my caramel cream ale (5gal) sit in a 6gal secondary for 3 weeks and didn't notice any issues.
You can, sure, but if you have a 6.5 and a five then the 6.5 is meant for primary and the 5 for secondary. The extra head space in the 6.5 is for the krausen. You want as little headspace as possible in secondary. Putting it in the 6.5 gallon won't wreck it, but the 5 is better.

 
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Old 04-17-2007, 01:33 AM   #5
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Oxygenation usually happens during transfer. If you used a racking hose and kept the flow at a slow rate you shouldnt have to worry. My last batch, a honey ale using 2 lb honey in addition to 7 1/2 lb DME, did continue to ferment through secondary and even into a second racking. Took almost a month to complete fermentation

 
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Old 04-17-2007, 02:06 PM   #6
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good info like always. Thanks

 
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