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I just started a batch of cider. I tried out roughly 1 gallon in a 5 gallon pail for primary fermentation - now I'm wondering if that could be a problem? Does the level of the must need to be sufficiently high within the container it resides in or is it ok to have a gap between the top of the container and where the must is?
 

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I've been told carbon dioxide is heavier than air so ..as long as it has fermented some you souls have a blanket of co2 on to of you must.
 

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For primary, the beginning of fermentation, it's fine to have it in a bucket with lots of headspace. After primary, when the fermentation slows down, it needs to be in a jug/carboy with a bung and airlock. You want to top up to near the bung, to reduce and minimize headspace. A Carlo Rossi jug is fine, or any other one gallon carboy.
 
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