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Old 10-23-2007, 02:13 AM   #1
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i'm getting ready to brew a wheat beer (5 gallon batch), and plan on putting it in a 6 gallon better bottle. i've got the standard 3 piece airlock, and my question is whether there will be enough headspace in the fermenter, or if i should use a blow off tube. if i need to use a blowoff tube, what's the best way to set one up for a better bottle.

thanks in advance for all the help.

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Old 10-23-2007, 05:07 AM   #2
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You'll probably be ok. The only time I've even needed one is when I had real fruit in my beer.

I stuck my pvc hose into the stopper.

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Old 10-23-2007, 12:28 PM   #3
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Use a blowoff tube! Wheats with hefe yeast can ferment very aggressively! I use a 6.5 gallon carboy for my hefes and all but 1 batch has actually pushed foam up into the blowoff tube. Use a large plastic tube with a tight fit into the neck of carboy -- sanitize the tube first - then put the other end of the tube into a pail full of water or sanitizer solution -- easy! Way easier than a mess clean-up...

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Old 10-23-2007, 12:36 PM   #4
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I always use blow off tubes with my better bottles. Get a 2in (outside diameter) x 4-6ft long piece of tubing from lowes and shove it down in the neck. Then stick the other end in a bowl/bucket of water

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Old 10-23-2007, 12:37 PM   #5
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If you don't have a big tube that will fit into the top of the carboy, you can use a (I think) 3/8'' tubing over the bottom piece of the 3-piece airlock and use that as a blow off. I have used a 6g better bottle for wheats, with this type of blow off and i worked fine.

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