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Old 08-07-2008, 05:24 PM   #1
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I bought a wine kit last night. I have run into a small problem, the wine is a 6g kit and I only have 5g carboys. Is it ok to split the kit into 2 carboys of 3g each? If not it;s off to the lhbs for a 6g
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Old 08-07-2008, 05:52 PM   #2
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You'll need another yeast packet, but other than halving the measures for your additions, you should be fine.

Of course, then your down two carboys instead of adding a 6G for this batch. I'd much rather add one carboy than tie up two for however long you plan to let your wine age.
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Old 08-07-2008, 05:52 PM   #3
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I'm very new to wine making (beer making as well, for that matter) but I do know all the various instructions I've read tell you to top off to keep the head space minimized; I'd think having the extra head space would be an issue.

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well it sounds like the decision is in....I was just trying to avoid the hour drive.

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Well, I've done it that way, sort of!

What I did was make the kit in the ale pail, as per directions for primary. Then, instead of racking to a 6 gallon carboy, I racked to a 5 gallon carboy and a 1 gallon jug (the bungs and airlocks fit a Carlo Rossi jug nicely!). Degassing was ok- I just shook the small jug, and did the degassing instructions for the 5 gallon carboy. As long as you top up appropriately, I don't see an issue with two 3 gallons either.
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I was digging through the used equipment I got the other day and found a 6.5g pail. That will get me going at least, and save me a special trip to the lhbs. Now when I make the trip I can enjoy it
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I was digging through the used equipment I got the other day and found a 6.5g pail. That will get me going at least, and save me a special trip to the lhbs. Now when I make the trip I can enjoy it
Good plan! Good luck with the kit!
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Hmmm...I think that I'm looking at an opportunity where I may be able to learn something new here!

I can see where, if jsp already has a suitable 6+ gallon bucket for a primary and a gallon jug to use as a supplemental secondary, this would be an ideal solution to this problem!

And, as my studying has taught me, the extra (huge) headspace generated by splitting a 6-gallon batch between two 5-gallon carboys may cause problems with oxidation.

But, if going the route of splitting the 6-gallon batch between two 5-gallon bottles, and then topping-off is not an issue, then how can you top-off a kit without ruining the integrity of the kit?

What other options would one have than, 1) topping-off with water, 2) topping-off with a sugared water mixture, or 3) topping-off with juice?

Hopefully, there is a fourth option I'm just not seeing here!

What ever expectations one had upon choosing a kit will be lost forever if forced to split the batch, and then top-off, right?

I'm sorry, but this seems like a major issue to me.

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I think he was going to split it between two 3 gal. carboys and then yooper had the idea of a 5gal carboy and a 1 gal. carboy. Both of those would work fine but splitting it the way you were talking about would probably ruin it.
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What ever expectations one had upon choosing a kit will be lost forever if forced to split the batch, and then top-off, right?
I believe it's normal to top off with a similar wine; I know I've done it for every wine kit I've ever made (that'd be one). I had six gallon carboys, but going from primary to secondary and secondary to tertiary I added wine to top it off. I wouldn't add two gallons, though.

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