Secondary fermentor question

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oldwarrior86

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If I only have 4 gallons of wort in my 5 gallon secondary fermentor, will that effect my end product? Should I leave it longer? Any feedback would be appreciated...
 

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Probably not - the racking should liberate enough CO2 to purge most of the O2 from the headspace, and diffusion of O2 into an aqueous, undisturbed liquid is extremely slow. You may get some cardboard flavors from oxidation eventually.

What style of beer are you brewing? Chances are you don't need a secondary at all.
 
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Irish Red Ale....I'm new and followed the directions a little too closely
 
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