6g secondary carboy, 5g batch

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Okay, so when I purchased my second carboy I failed to notice that it was a 6g instead of my original 5g. I just racked a batch of red ale into the secondary and there is a large amount of head space. I understand that air is the enemy of beer while it is in the secondary and as such you do not want too much head room for the clarifying beer. Will I have an issue if I allow it to continue in the secondary with the extra room at the top?

I hope that ya'll say that it is fine, because I do not really have another choice since my original carboy is currently in use. That, coupled with the blizzard outside, and I am stuck with this current issue.

Thoughts?

Jeff
 

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It's fine. There! I hope that makes you feel better! :D

Actually, it is fine. I mean, it's not technically ideal, but your beer is still outgassing co2, so that will form a blanket over the top of the beer and protect it from oxidation due to the headspace. So, you will be fine!
 

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it'll probably be fine...racking generally causes the yeast to stir and they will release some co2, giving your beer a nice cover.

i would definitely get a 5g for the future.

EDIT: yoopz..being all speedy :p
 
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Sweet...that is exactly what I wanted to hear. I figured I couldn't screw it up too bad, but thought that I better ask anyway.

On the positive side, I tasted a sample and it tastes great... like a flat red ale...so that is good.

Jeff
 
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