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Offline Lazy Ant Brewing

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5-gal fermenter for 3-Gal batch size?
« on: July 08, 2015, 08:51:28 AM »
I've run into a couple of recipes I'd like to try in a smaller batch size than 5-gal.  Does a 5-gal fermenter offer too much head space to use as primary for a 3-gal batch of beer?  OG would be less than 1.065.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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Re: 5-gal fermenter for 3-Gal batch size?
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2015, 08:52:24 AM »
Sounds like a good fit to me.

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Re: 5-gal fermenter for 3-Gal batch size?
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2015, 08:56:29 AM »
+1.  I do 5.5 gallon beers in 8 gallon buckets. No worries.
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Re: 5-gal fermenter for 3-Gal batch size?
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2015, 10:03:59 AM »
I do it all the time. No problem.
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Re: 5-gal fermenter for 3-Gal batch size?
« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2015, 11:04:01 AM »
Yep, no worries.

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Re: 5-gal fermenter for 3-Gal batch size?
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2015, 11:35:53 AM »
I've wondered if this would be an issue as well, more headspace and all.  Thanks for the replies.

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Re: 5-gal fermenter for 3-Gal batch size?
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2015, 12:06:10 PM »
I also do this all the time. I have a couple of 3 gallon carboys I use for long term aging.
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Re: 5-gal fermenter for 3-Gal batch size?
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2015, 05:43:20 AM »
I also do this all the time. I have a couple of 3 gallon carboys I use for long term aging.
Same here. I brew 2.5-3 gallon batches. My sours primary in a 5 gallon better bottle and condition in a 3-gallon one. My clean beers ferment in buckets ranging from 4.5-6.5 gallons, then go into 2.5-gallon kegs.
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