1 item that hasn't been mentioned is the blow off tube.
Yesterday I brewed a batch & used a carboy that I originally put an airlock. I saw it was fermenting like crazy. I heard it bubbling like a witches cauldron. I switched to a blow off tube just in time.
Here's what I found the morning after..........................
If I used a bucket to primary in, I would have a mess on my hands today.
Hmmmm............ 2009? You mean I'm not the 1st?
P.S. I blow off tube on a bucket? I've never seen that. I'm sure it would work.
Originally Posted by adamjackson
May I also just add that you should be prepared for a blow-off to happen. In a 6.5 gallon, it's less likely but can still happen depending on your batch size.If the Krausen hits the top of the opening and starts coing into the air lock (vodka turns from clear to brown), you may be at risk for a ceiling covered in sticky beer.
Good discussion on that here http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f13/air-...ff-tube-50456/
Lots of videos and FAQs online explaining how to do it. I use 5 gallon carboys and always use a blow off tube for the first week or so then switch to a standard airlock.