6.5 Gallon Carboy for 6 Gallon kit....OK?

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6.5 Gallon Carboy for 6 Gallon kit....OK?

Postby Backglass » Mon Feb 06, 2006 5:34 pm

How neccesary is a 6 gallon carboy when making one of the wine kits? Mine are all 6.5's from fermenting beer. Will this be a problem, or should I grab a couple of six gallon ones?

How real is the threat of oxidation before bottling?
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Postby thekid48044 » Mon Feb 06, 2006 5:44 pm

Even using 6 gal carboys you need to top off after stabilization and degassing. You could use 6.5, but would need more water to top off, 0.5 gal more.

You could top off with a like wine, or dilute with water.

For about 19.00 per 6 gal carboy, its probaby cheaper to by some 6's
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Postby gfoster » Mon Feb 06, 2006 6:10 pm

Or you could just flush the headspace with CO2 instead.

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Postby Mark » Tue Feb 07, 2006 8:12 am

I flush all my carboys with CO2 before and after filling with wine and never top up. I've made about 10 batches of wine and never has any problems with oxidation.
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Postby Burt » Tue Feb 07, 2006 3:37 pm

I use two 6 gallon carboys because I rack my wine a couple of times. You could use the 6.5 gallon carboy for the first racking but when you have to degas the wine that is when you will need a 6 gallon carboy. I normally use a similar wine to top up.

I like the idea about using co2 for topping up. Do you need any special equipment to do that? I just got my kegging kit with a c02 tank.
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Postby Backglass » Wed Feb 08, 2006 6:27 am

So...the purpose of "topping up" has everything to do with eliminating the O2 from the headspace? In that case I think I will try just flushing with CO2...that should be easy enough to do.

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Postby mr.so.brewer » Sun Apr 16, 2006 2:04 pm

Ferment in what ever you have the transfer to a 5gallon carboy for secondary. The put the rest of the wine into a half gallon jug and use it for anexpirement.

Or you could add the .5gallon to new batch of wine and make a blend.
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Postby tookalisten » Sun Apr 16, 2006 5:54 pm

mr.so.brewer wrote:Ferment in what ever you have the transfer to a 5gallon carboy for secondary. The put the rest of the wine into a half gallon jug and use it for anexpirement.

Or you could add the .5gallon to new batch of wine and make a blend.


This is exactly my plan with my current first batch. I will rack to a 5 gallon carboy for aging and any left overs will go into a gallon or growler jug(s) for taste testing, etc.
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