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Is it OK to use a six gallon secondary for five gallons?

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BrewerBill

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I've got five gallons of an American Amber in my plastic primary conical fermenter, and would like to move it to a six gallon glass carboy to add some holiday spices. My concern is the headspace. is it too much, or am I overthinking?
 

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You're overthinking.
There will be plenty of CO2 in the beer, and some of that will come out of solution when you rack, giving you a nice protective layer of CO2 over the top of the beer.

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I have a bunch of 6 gallon BBs now. I use them for primary and secondary (when I secondary, which is not very often).

The nice big neck makes it easy to add wood/fruit/etc. to the secondary if you make such beers.
 
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