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Old 10-06-2012, 10:36 AM   #11
Jul 2011
virginia beach, virginia
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Originally Posted by csmurdock View Post
So basically do people use a 5 or 6.5 gallon better bottle for about 4 week fermentations?
Better bottles only go as high as 6gal but they work great. 6.5 gal glass is the best size but they are heavy when full.
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:09 AM   #12
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Oct 2011
Glade Spring, Virginia
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I too have started using better bottles and have been very pleased. But a blow-off tube is almost always required because of the 6 gallon size.
wait....what do you mean all the beer is gone!

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Old 10-06-2012, 11:38 AM   #13
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Go with the 6.5 gallon. You won't regret it. If you stay in this hobby, you find that you'll want to do 6 gal. batches that end up with 5.5 gals. in your fermentor and then end up with a full 5 gals. to bottle or keg. A 5 gal. won't work. The headspace is no problem for fermentation. Buckets are fine, but I like to see the action going on! Also, my last brew had to have a blow off tube in the 6.5 gal. carboy.

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Old 10-06-2012, 04:15 PM   #14
Jan 2012
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+1 on the 6.5 (or preferably, IMO, 6 gallon better bottle). In primary, there's no reason to worry about oxidation unless you do something silly to blow all the CO2 out.

If you are going to do beers that require extended secondaries, or if you're going to do wine or mead that will require racking, having a 5 gallon fermenter is convenient. In that case, you do need to be more worried about headspace. This would be pretty rare with beers.

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Old 10-06-2012, 04:20 PM   #15
Oct 2011
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I love my 8 gal bucket...I have done 1 month primaries in it a couple times, it isn't an issue. Never need a blow off either. I have a 5 gal BB and a 3 gal BB for secondaries on fruit and the 3 gal is for half batches.

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