Coldbreak Brewing Giveaway - Open to All!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Fermentation & Yeast > Secondary with Brett question
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 10-04-2013, 08:02 PM   #1
rinhaak
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 144
Likes Given: 1

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?


rinhaak is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2013, 02:56 AM   #2
Calder
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Ohio
Posts: 6,688
Liked 417 Times on 370 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default

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.


Calder is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2013, 11:04 AM   #3
wingedcoyote
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 174
Liked 27 Times on 18 Posts
Likes Given: 47

Default

Perhaps you could drill a hole in the jar lid and place an airlock?
wingedcoyote is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2013, 11:11 AM   #4
Tombstone0
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Finksburg, Md
Posts: 189
Liked 13 Times on 11 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

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.
Tombstone0 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Secondary Brett Fermentation - Brett Starter? toman8r Fermentation & Yeast 6 10-14-2014 02:42 PM
Brett in Secondary bdwallace Fermentation & Yeast 0 09-09-2012 07:12 PM
Brett L secondary. boostsr20 Lambic & Wild Brewing 7 04-30-2012 02:04 AM
Using Brett C in an IPA in secondary? SethMasterFlex Lambic & Wild Brewing 3 01-06-2012 08:26 PM
Brett L. fermentation question for 100% Brett L. beer asterix404 Fermentation & Yeast 7 03-17-2011 05:30 PM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS