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Old 05-05-2012, 06:42 AM   #1
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Default Ok a few newbie questions

Ickes up a brewers kit, so my first question is do I use the carboy for the primary fermentation and then rack to the bucket or the other way around? Or does it really matter?

Second, the airlock looks like it has a float In it, do I take the cover off the top or leave that on?

I know these are probably really stupid questions but I'm a packer fan and we aren't that smart


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Old 05-05-2012, 06:43 AM   #2
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Picked up a brewers kit... Damn iPad


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Old 05-05-2012, 08:51 AM   #3
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Lol it's ok packer fan, your a brewer and that's all I'll look at
If you have a glass carboy, you can use that as your primary, then rack to the bucket as a secondary or a bottling bucket.
If you take a picture of your airlock I can help you more, but if it looks like a thin pipe inside of a cylinder and a U shaped hat on top of the inner pipe, you'll leave that on lol. I hope my description helped.

I personally have 2 buckets, both with spigots, and I haven't had an issue except my last brew lasted about a month lol. I've come to learn from this site/app that it's all preference. I don't mind buckets where as you may hate them, but the bucket works for me so there is no need to change it. Good luck!
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Old 05-05-2012, 08:55 AM   #4
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The bucket is your primary and the carboy is the secondary. You need to take the top off the airlock and add sanitizer or some cheap vodka to it (there is a line that shows how much) then put the top back on. Oh and I would say about 95% of the folks on here do not use the secondary anymore.
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Really carboy is secondary? Everyone I've encountered who has a carboy users that as a primary
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Really carboy is secondary? Everyone I've encountered who has a carboy users that as a primary
The kits come with a 6.5 gal bucket and a 5 gal carboy. The carboy has no head-space for the fermentation so you would have a lot of blow-off. If it came with a 6.5 then that would be fine for fermentation. I didn't ask but the bucket might be the bottling bucket.
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You can use the 6.5 bucket or 6.5 Carboy as a primary, for a secondary you want something that is 5 gallon to reduce headspace and minimize oxidation.

The bucket with a spigot is typically used for bottling.

You have a 3 piece airlock and it remains intact, just fill to the line with cheap vodka.

Beer that tastes old is usually oxidized. Could be from too much time in a too large vessel, usually secondary or too much splashing around during transfers.
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Old 05-05-2012, 12:21 PM   #9
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One little thing I've found...if you indeed have a bucket that is not a bottling bucket (no spigot), then after you pitch your yeast, put the lid on BEFORE inserting the airlock. Sometimes putting the lid in will create suction and pull liquid our of the airlock. In no way detrimental, but you will be worrying about everything on your first brew.

By the way, post any questions you have no matter how basic you think they are....we love to help.

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Well luckily I have 2 buckets both prolly 6.5gal with spigots on both. But my beer is tasty


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