Blowover question on a six-gallon carboy

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Santa was very good the brewer in me this year. I got a 5-gallon and
6-gallon glass carboy plus some other goodies.

I'm planning on doing a 5-gallon kit brew (Williams Belgian Triple) pretty
soon with primary in the 6 gal and secondary in the 5 gal.

My question is this: How concerned should I be about blowover during the
intial fermentation of a 5-gal wort in a 6-gal carboy? I never had an issue
with this using my plastic fermenter for my first two batches but I'd hate
to come home one night to a complete mess.

Thanks,
JM



Re: Blowover question on a six-gallon carboy
I currently do 5 gallon batches in a six gallon glass carboy.  I have not
had a problem yet.  I know that it may come one day, but during the initial
fermentation, I put the carboy in one of those big laundry looking buckets
with the rope handles.


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Re: Blowover question on a six-gallon carboy
Joe Murphy wrote:
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My theory is that a blowoff is easy enough to rig up that I'd rather be
safe than sorry.  I use 7 gal. carboys for 5 gal. batches and use a
blowoff tube every time.  Sometimes I get blowoff, sometimes I don't,
but I'm always ready.  There's no downside to using a blowofff.

    -------->Denny

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Life begins at 60 - 1.060, that is.

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I use a blowoff too after I had a bad experience with an air lock.

I put the end of the blowoff hose in a container of sanitized water.

I agree, use a blowoff and possibly an airlock at the very end to see if the
batch is still fermenting.



Re: Blowover question on a six-gallon carboy
I use a bucket for the initial ferment, I find the trick is in the amount of
water you add to the wort after the boil. I added too much once and it made
a mess. After a week I rack into a glass carboy until clear, and then into
the pepsi keg. forced carbonation rocks.

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