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Old 08-26-2008, 10:52 PM   #1
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Do I need the Ale pail or can I Just put my brew in a carboy to ferment?


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Old 08-26-2008, 10:54 PM   #2
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carboy is fine as long as it is big enough. to primary 5 gallons, you need a 6.5 gallon carboy


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Old 08-26-2008, 10:54 PM   #3
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You can ferment in a carboy, given the correct size. If you are brewing 5 gallon batches, you'll need a 6.5 gallon carboy to ferment in.
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sure, some brewers ferm in a bucket but most use carboys/better bottles. If you're making 5 gal batches then ferm your brew in a 6.5 gal. If you only have a 5 gal then rig up a blowoff tube. If you look up at the top of the forum next to the "new posts" you'll see a "search" function. You'll get lots of help with that.
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Old 08-27-2008, 12:28 AM   #5
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Old 08-27-2008, 07:53 AM   #6
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an ale pail is only like 14 bucks.
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An ale pail is handy for a back up container for all sorts of things.
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An ale pail is handy for a back up container for all sorts of things.
+1 on this, Primary, secondary, storing drinking water for a hurricane, using to collect wort doing AG batch sparges, if it gets scratches, it can be be a planter.
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I was going to buy a brewing kit ie: buckets and all except kettle. I have a 5 gallon stock pot (im a chef I have these in numbers) and a guy at work got me into home brewing and has extra carboys he will sell me for ten bucks a piece. So all in all I dont need the buckets now its just nice to have them around just in case. I know ill eventually get some but for now Ill be brewing the dark stouts Ive loved for so long now.
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All an Ale Pail is... is a food grade bucket. One that had pickles in it previously might be gross... but any clean, un-scratched bucket of that grade would work. THen just get an airlock, drill a hole in the lid and put in a rubber grommet... and you'd have an ale pail.

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