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Old 10-04-2013, 08:02 PM   #1
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Default Secondary with Brett question

Last night I racked a black saison into secondary, pitched Brett Lambicus, added oak, and some of my favorite dregs. I thought I had three gallons of beer, but in actuality only had two (don't ask why!)

I racked the beer into the only fermenter I had: a three gallon better bottle carboy. But I'm a tad concerned about all the head space and getting too much oxygen into the beer.

I do have a two gallon glass jar. The beer would fit in there, and I could then tighten the lid. However, I'm nervous about re-racking the beer, and I don't particularly like the idea of an air-tight lid on a glass jar; even though all my brett-in-secondary beers have had very little visible fermentation activity, I still think I could wind up with an explosion.

What do people think? Should I leave it in the 3 gallon and not worry about it? Should I transfer to the 2 gallon jar? Or should I order a proper 2-gallon carboy and transfer whenever it finally arrives?

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Old 10-05-2013, 02:56 AM   #2
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What dregs. I'm going to assume some sours and now you have lots of bugs, and this will be there for the long haul.

Either rack to the 2 gallon and put an airlock on it (don't seal it in), or add some recently brewed beer to top-up the 3 gallon jug (and put an airlock on it.

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Perhaps you could drill a hole in the jar lid and place an airlock?
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I'll sometimes add a little table sugar when I have a bit too much head space. Not enough to change the flavor but enough to produce some Co2.
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