Date: 1989-01-19 05:14:00 GMT
To add my $.02 worth to the discussion...
I picked up a 7 gallon carboy from my supplier. I use this as my primary
fermentor, and make sure to never fill it past 6 gallons. It usually ends
up at around 5.5 gallons.
After primary is done, I rack the beer into a 5 gallon carboy and fill it
all the way up into the neck. Because there was some extra in the primary
I didn't have to worry about sucking up sludge while getting the secondary
The 7 gallon carboy works out quite well. I don't trust Papazian's method
of using a blow-off tube ever since reading Byron Burch's book and hearing
of somebody I work with having a carboy explode on him. I just put a
fermentation lock on and I relax and don't worry because I've left plenty
of 'breathing room.'
Don't forget... not worrying is very important. Your beer knows.
If you worry it will very likely turn on you.
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