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Keith G:
So my first Brew day is this Tuesday, and I'm really excited.  This forum has been super helpful in giving tips to get my equipment and processes ready.  However, I had a question about 5 gal. brewing w/ Carboys.  I have a fermenting bucket to brew my first batch, however I don't think I'll be able to wait 4 wks to start another, so I've been looking at some carboys on craigslist.  There are a bunch of 5 gal. carboys available at a good price, however is that going to be large enough for fermenting my wort, or am I going to run out of room?  Obviously a 6 gal. would be better, but there aren't any available right now.

Any help is appreciated, thank you very much.

-Keith

jeffy:

--- Quote from: Keith G on July 20, 2014, 11:12:50 AM ---So my first Brew day is this Tuesday, and I'm really excited.  This forum has been super helpful in giving tips to get my equipment and processes ready.  However, I had a question about 5 gal. brewing w/ Carboys.  I have a fermenting bucket to brew my first batch, however I don't think I'll be able to wait 4 wks to start another, so I've been looking at some carboys on craigslist.  There are a bunch of 5 gal. carboys available at a good price, however is that going to be large enough for fermenting my wort, or am I going to run out of room?  Obviously a 6 gal. would be better, but there aren't any available right now.

Any help is appreciated, thank you very much.

-Keith

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A five gallon carboy is too small to ferment a standard size five gallon batch, but you can transfer your beer from a bucket to a five gallon carboy after a couple weeks if you need the bucket for a fresh batch of wort.
On the other hand, buckets are cheaper and sturdier than carboys.

ynotbrusum:
I would use buckets for almost every non-aged style of beer.  Or get the Speidels - they are great!


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Keith G:
Thanks for the tips guys.  I'd love another bucket, I just can't find any cheaper than the carboys.  I'll keep looking for a 6 gal.

HoosierBrew:

--- Quote from: Keith G on July 20, 2014, 12:25:56 PM --- I just can't find any cheaper than the carboys.  I'll keep looking for a 6 gal.

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Dude........here ya go. These are all I use, except for long term secondary :

http://shop.greatfermentations.com/product/7-9-gallon-fermenting-bucket/plastic-fermenters


EDIT  -  The other thing I love about these buckets is that you can make a 5.5 gallon batch and have plenty of headspace, even for really vigorous yeast strains like WY3068, 3787, etc.

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