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Re: How many carboys do you own?
« Reply #30 on: November 08, 2009, 08:18:05 AM »
I only have one carboy. I have six 6 gallon better bottles and two buckets. The carboy has had a cider aging in it for about a year and a half I think. Man I have to bottle that stuff. It was that long ago that Denny told me I have at least a year or two before it is ready. So, no hurry I guess.

Soon I have to get out of the pupa stage of extract brewing and blossom into an AG brewer. Ill be batch sparging soon. 

Ill tell ya if it wasnt for my pesky job, I would be brewing a lot more.
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Re: How many carboys do you own?
« Reply #31 on: November 08, 2009, 08:20:49 AM »
1 - 6.5 gal
3 - 6 gal
4 - 5 gal
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2 - 7.5 gal SS Conicals
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Re: How many carboys do you own?
« Reply #32 on: November 08, 2009, 09:36:44 AM »
2 - 6 gal  Better Bottles
2 - 5 gal  Better Bottles
2 - 15 gal Water Barrels

I tend to only use the 15 gal barrels now...

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Re: How many carboys do you own?
« Reply #33 on: November 08, 2009, 09:50:59 AM »
I probably have 12-15, but it's been so long since I used one that I don't recall.
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Re: How many carboys do you own?
« Reply #34 on: November 08, 2009, 10:06:07 PM »
I have two 10-gallon cornie kegs that I use as primary fermenters and four 5-gallon cornie kegs that I use for bulk aging/cold conditioning/carbonating/serving

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Re: How many carboys do you own?
« Reply #35 on: November 09, 2009, 07:50:58 AM »
OK, this is a little over the top, but I have an excuse...which is I love this hobby!

In 2005 when the FORD and Ann Arbor Brewers Guild clubs helped me put together a presentation for Baltimore that required 18 carboys to ferment out 18 different yeast strains, Pat Babcock came to me and said that he could "loan" me 8 of his carboys and 9 of his kegs. He said I would be doing him a favor if I could hold on to them for a little while, as their house was having some renovations being done.

Four years later, I guess i have "adopted" these vessels, and they do come in handy during the peak of my brewing season (coming up shortly). So, I have

5     6.5 gallon  (2 with Flanders Red in them)
23   5 gallon     (2 with a cider and a cyser going right now)
6     3 gallon     (5 filled with various meads aging, and 1 with a Flanders Red aging - damn, I need more of these size ones!))
30+  one gallon and half gallon cider jugs and growlers
17 Kegs
Oh, and did I mention the 53 gallon barrel filled with Flanders Red for the last year?

I have a closet in the basement that I converted to house 24 of these carboys. I try to keep my long suffering ale wife from realizing the sheer quantity by making sure at least a half dozen or so are fermenting something at any given time. This past spring I didn't have much ferementing and she began to notice all of these empty carboys laying around in the basement. She started asking me to put these away and didn't I have a closet for these? I sort of "hide" them until I started up the kettles again, but she is now aware of the sheer quantity of glass ware in my fermenting area.

Did I mention that I have broken 5 carboys in my life? Fortunatly, only one small cut and only one had beer in it, the other 4 were during the cleaning process. Slippery little bugers, aren't they?  :-*
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Re: How many carboys do you own?
« Reply #36 on: November 09, 2009, 08:05:45 AM »
5 - 5gal glass
2 - 3 gal glass-Italian ones I bought
3 - 2.8 gal glass- th short squaty ones that 2.5 gals of water comes in
6 - 1 gal cider/apple juice ones 
My sister works for a water company so they were free sept for th 3 gal ones, I bought them in '95
or so before she went to work for MV water. Had six 6 gal'ers but had a buddy break one for me.
They are all gathering dust but I think that's gonna change in a month or so.
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Re: How many carboys do you own?
« Reply #37 on: November 09, 2009, 09:21:35 AM »
You WOULD have to ask, you flamin' bastage :D. So I had to go look.
The truth is I wasn't certain. Since I make wine, mead and beer I have collected a bunch.
Fermentation "vessels":

1 27 gal Blichman ferminator.
1 17 gal "sanitized food grade" white plastic trash can w/lid I use for wine.
2 15 gal demijohns
1 7gal minibrew conical
2 6.5 glass
2 6 gal better bottles
12 5 gal glass ( lost another 4 by breakage/ flaws)
9 3 gal glass.

And I do my lagers in corney kegs. I've also collected a few of those as well.
Whew! That was work, I need a beer.
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Re: How many carboys do you own?
« Reply #38 on: November 09, 2009, 09:32:08 AM »
1 - 14.5 Blichmann Conical

3 - 6.5 gal Better Bottles (had 4, but one broke)
2 - 5.0 gal glass carboys

just sold my last 6.5g glass carboy.  keeping the two small guys to secondary big beers, otherwise they'd be gone too.

rarely use anything these days except the conical, though that will change around christmas time - annual RIS and BW/ESB (partigyle) brews, and maybe a BDS...
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Re: How many carboys do you own?
« Reply #39 on: November 09, 2009, 10:38:03 AM »
1 - 14.5 Blichmann Conical

jealous!!! 

I've got 5 carboys, all of them 6 gallons. I'd love to have a big conical for 10 gallon batches. Need to
rig up a temp control setup in the garage. 
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Re: How many carboys do you own?
« Reply #40 on: November 09, 2009, 10:40:35 AM »
if you can do it, woody, I highly recommend it - I love my conical!
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Re: How many carboys do you own?
« Reply #41 on: November 09, 2009, 10:45:11 AM »
Do you have it in a fridge?    I'm worried about keeping it warm enough in the garage during the Maine winter
do you secondary in there or rack to cornies? 
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Re: How many carboys do you own?
« Reply #42 on: November 09, 2009, 10:53:27 AM »
Do you have it in a fridge?    I'm worried about keeping it warm enough in the garage during the Maine winter
do you secondary in there or rack to cornies? 

yes, I have it in a stand up chest freezer.  I don't have a problem with it being warm enough  ;)

I don't really secondary anything anymore - I do a 2-3 week primary for ales, 3-4 for lagers and then crash and rack to cornies.  with the racking arm is really easy to rack without getting a lot of sediment - I've been amazed how little is left in the kegs vs. when I used to rack from carboys.
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Re: How many carboys do you own?
« Reply #43 on: November 09, 2009, 10:57:36 AM »
whats the ambient temp where you have it located during the winter?   
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Re: How many carboys do you own?
« Reply #44 on: November 09, 2009, 11:04:27 AM »
whats the ambient temp where you have it located during the winter?   

this is no such thing as 'winter' here.  ;)

I live in Jupiter, Florida - in January, its usually between 65-75df, occasionally, we'll have a drop into the 40s or 50s, but it usually doesn't last long enough to drop the temperature inside my garage.
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