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Old 10-06-2012, 03:50 PM   #1
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Hey guys, noob here. First off this has to be the best forum on brewing that I've come across. Now for the question, I'm planning to cut a 5gal. extract kit in half and have a 3&1/2gal. bucket (scored from Festival Foods bakery dept.) that I planned to use as my primary. Will that be large enough or should I just go with a 5gal. size one. Thanks.

 
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:53 PM   #2
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You should have enough room to make a 2.5 gal batch. Maybe just as a precaution you might want to use a blow off tube but as for the brew it will come out just fine.

 
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Old 10-06-2012, 04:24 PM   #3
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the other question would be what kind of beer and what kind of yeast, heavier beers and certain strains of yeast may produce a more robust fermentation with a lot of krausen.
A simple pale ale with lets say safale us-05 for example, fermented in the mid to upper 60% range you'll probably have no problem at all.
A few drops of Fermcap will also keep Krausen at bay and allow a smaller headspace in your fermenter.

 
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Old 10-06-2012, 06:52 PM   #4
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Caribou Slobber from Northern Brewer is what I'll be using menerdari, actually I measured out that bucket just now and discovered it holds a little over 4gals. so that should give me plenty of headspace. I'll use a blow off tube as geim32 sugested. Cheers

 
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