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davcar74

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I just transferred my midwest java stout kit from primary to secondary. Added coffee and scrapings of 3 vanilla beans to it. Smelled and tasted great coming out of the primary, but had a problem with my autosiphon and couldn't get the last 3/4 of a gallon, so I have a lot of headspace in the carboy.

Since I was concerned about oxidation, I sprayed released some inert gas into the carboy (I have this for wine making and preservation) before stopping it. Anything else I should do? Top it off with some spring water? Ignore it?

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Hockeyhunter99

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no worries. it will be fine. i have had 5 gal in a 6.5 gal carboy. no problems
 

Gregscsu

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Souds like it should be fine as is.

Next time you can just rack it to secondary and put the airlock on. After its all sealed up swirl the carboy a couple times, this will cause the release of CO2 from the beer and help to purge the head space.
 
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