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Old 04-30-2008, 05:04 PM   #1
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I am getting ready for the big shot in the arm from Mr Bush.

I am thinking conicals... have a few questions:

Can you do a 5 gal batch in a 14.5 gallon ? too much headspace ??

How long do you usually ferment a standatd 1040 - 1050 ale ? 3 weeks ??

Does anyone use a refrig to control fermentation temp for a large 10 gal batch ??

Should I purchase directly from manufacturer ?


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I have my new minibrew conical in the freezer.

As far as brewing 5 gallons in a 15... I don't see why not as the exposed surface area is the same. However, I have just started the practice of moving to a closed-corny 2ndary fermentation/lagering to free up the conical for more brews.

Also - with the minibrew you don't get a racking arm and it appears to be a lot of beer you leave behind that is below the racking port. I have not measured it but it appears to be about a gallon, so for a 5 gallon brew you will no doubt need to either brew 6-6.5 gallons (which I do anyhow) or you will need to top-off in the 2ndary.
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