carboy questions. - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > carboy questions.

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 04-30-2012, 02:06 PM   #1
sprintman82x
Recipes 
 
Feb 2012
Posts: 7


I recently purchased a 6.5 gallon carboy that I plan to use as a primary and I also purchased a 6 gallon PET carboy. My question is will the 6 gallon be to big for secondary? Can you have to much headspace in a carboy that will affect the beer? Also when transfering to a secondary does it hurt anything to keep it in the primary like the directions say or do you need to transfer as soon as the krausen drops?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-30-2012, 02:12 PM   #2
LLBeanJ
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
LLBeanJ's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2012
Windsor, CO
Posts: 2,680
Liked 601 Times on 441 Posts


Three weeks minimum in primary then bottle or keg. No need for secondary unless dry hopping, adding fruit, oak chips, etc. Be sure to take a gravity reading to make sure it's really finished.

If you do secondary (I mean actual secondary fermentation where you add fermentables to the brew to feed the yeast or if you're dry hopping) then the 6 gal bottle will be fine, since more CO2 will be produced. I'd use a blow-off tube, though, just in case things get really active. Otherwise, there's no need to use a secondary. You'll still get clear beer and you won't get off-flavors from sitting on the yeast cake.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-30-2012, 02:14 PM   #3
Spartangreen
Recipes 
 
Jan 2012
Holland, MI
Posts: 306
Liked 13 Times on 12 Posts


The 6 gallon secondary is not too big.
You can leave it in the primary for a long time without causing any harm. Most leave it in the primary 3-4 weeks, then only use the secondary for dry hopping or adding fruits.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-30-2012, 02:16 PM   #4
Brewnoob1
 
Brewnoob1's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Sep 2011
Puyallup, WA
Posts: 980
Liked 24 Times on 24 Posts


Agree with the above posts....unless you're doing anything in addition to just letting it ferment, don't bother with a secondary. The headspace shouldn't be issue if you transfer correctly, however the least amount of headspace possible would be preferable.
__________________
Keg #1: Empty :(
Keg #2: Empty :(
Kegs 3-5: Empty :(

Ferment #1: Empty :(
Ferment #2: Empty :(
Ferment #3: Empty :(

On Deck: Something....Anything!!!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-30-2012, 03:43 PM   #5
sprintman82x
Recipes 
 
Feb 2012
Posts: 7

Thanks for the help. This is only the 3rd batch I have made and i have always followed the schedules. This one calls for 2 weeks primary 2-4 weeks secondary and bottle for 2-3 weeks. Maybe i will leave in the primary for 3 and bottle for 3.

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Secondary carboy size questions fartsponge Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 6 04-12-2012 01:14 PM
Follow up questions regarding a carboy NHAnimator Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 01-22-2011 12:09 AM
Carboy questions DocBrown Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 2 03-16-2009 06:25 AM
Carboy/Secondary Questions TerryH Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 11-02-2008 01:30 PM
Newb carboy questions mr_bell Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 05-10-2008 08:07 PM


Forum Jump