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GrainSpiller:
Hello,

I just joined the AHA a couple days ago and have been brewing 5 gallons batches for some time now.  A few friends of mine and I are planning to get together to make a couple 2.5 gallon portions, but my primary concern is will I run into any issues if I ferment 2.5 gallons of wort in a 6 gallon fermenter?  Would it be exposed to more oxygen over time?  Also, does the fermentation process end sooner for a 2.5 gallon batch than a 5 gallon batch would?  ???  Never did this before, so any help / advice would be appreciated.  Thanks.

a10t2:
You'll have no problems with the extra head space, and if the pitching rate is the same then fermentation will take roughly the same amount of time.

GrainSpiller:
Thanks for the info a10t2.  I appreciate it.   :)

kuphish:

--- Quote from: a10t2 on February 06, 2010, 11:07:25 AM ---You'll have no problems with the extra head space

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Agreed.  I've brewed half batches in my 6.5 gallon fermenters with no ill effects.

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