Can wine Primary fermentation be done in carboy?

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I'm planning to make my first wine this weekend and would like to use a 6.5 gallon Carboy for primary fermentation. The instructions recommend a minimum 7.9 gallon bucket. I assume that is just for head space to prevent foam overs like in homebrewing. I always use a blow off tube with my Homebrew because it always foams over. Does anyone know of a reason not to use the Carboy for primary?
 

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I'm planning to make my first wine this weekend and would like to use a 6.5 gallon Carboy for primary fermentation. The instructions recommend a minimum 7.9 gallon bucket. I assume that is just for head space to prevent foam overs like in homebrewing. I always use a blow off tube with my Homebrew because it always foams over. Does anyone know of a reason not to use the Carboy for primary?
No, that's fine.
 

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I couldn't imagine trying to punch a cap through the tiny hole on a carboy, so if your wine (kit?) includes skins I would not recommend a carboy.
 

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I couldn't imagine trying to punch a cap through the tiny hole on a carboy, so if your wine (kit?) includes skins I would not recommend a carboy.
Yes, if its just juice the carboy will be fine. If you have grapeskins to 'punch down', a carboy is not the best option.
 
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