8 Gallon fermentor?

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8 Gallon fermentor?

Postby Backglass » Sat Feb 18, 2006 9:47 am

Hey All...

Just recieved my first wine kit box...the Selection Limited Edition Chilean Maipo Valley Carmenere/Cabernet. The instructions say you should use an 8 gallon fermenter. Why? I figured I would just use one of my 6.5 carboys for primary. Does wine make a lot of "krausen" like beer does?! Why the need for so much headroom...or is it for ease if stirring in additions?

Am I asking for trouble using a 6.5 carboy for primary fermentation, or should I go buy a bucket?
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Postby Burt » Sat Feb 18, 2006 5:12 pm

Backglass, wine kits make 6 gallons of wine. If your primary is only 6.5 gallon carboy, you might be or will be doing some clean up after it turns into a geiser. Spending the extra $15-$20 on a new primary is a safe bet. On some of the kits that I have made (just red ones) I have found some foam or krausen on the lid from the 7.8 gallon primary bucket.

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Postby Homegrown Hops » Sat Feb 18, 2006 11:54 pm

Six gallons of wine really does put off some gas. I dont recall thinking that it would blow out of the bucket though. Just wait till you smell the sulfur...you'll think that babyshit smells good.
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Postby Backglass » Sun Feb 19, 2006 7:03 am

Homegrown Hops wrote:Six gallons of wine really does put off some gas. I dont recall thinking that it would blow out of the bucket though.


Does it foam more than say, an Imperial IPA? I have only had one blowoff in a 6.5 and that was on a yeast cake. I just figured that wine didnt foam up like beer...but I've never actually seen a wine ferment!
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Postby mr.so.brewer » Sat Mar 11, 2006 7:54 pm

Yea it isnt as vigorous as beer. But its does produce a boat load of CO2. So keep an eye on it.
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Postby rjwhite6 » Sat Jul 29, 2006 8:06 am

6.5 gallon fermenter is fine.

I have made 20 Wine Expert kits.

None have spewed during fermentation in a 6.5 gallon carboy.
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