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McJeff
08-11-2013, 07:32 PM
I've got about 5 diff 1 gallon meads goin on right now and I'm really starting to hate the 1 gallon jugs. Small mouth, never seem to have enough room after the fruit and a pain the clean.
So I've been thinking I would get some 3 gallon jugs and make a two gallon batch. I was thinking after the fruit I would still have room for 2 gallons of must. But will that be too much extra free air?

K5MOW
08-11-2013, 07:41 PM
Yes this works great.

Roger

Chevette Girl
08-11-2013, 08:30 PM
That's fine while you're fermenting and while it's still releasing carbon dioxide, but once you rack it you won't want so much headspace. Although then you could just fill two 1-gal jugs...

mannye
08-11-2013, 08:53 PM
That's fine while you're fermenting and while it's still releasing carbon dioxide, but once you rack it you won't want so much headspace. Although then you could just fill two 1-gal jugs...


X2 Once it's done, rack it into gallon jugs! What could be nicer?

McJeff
08-11-2013, 09:02 PM
Ok cool that's what I was thinking.

Chevette Girl
08-11-2013, 10:28 PM
although if you really wanna make things easier on yourself, get a bucket and a fruit bag. New pillowcase works, tied with cotton yarn... 5 gal bucket is fine for primary for 1 gal batches and the open end of a bucket is way easier to manage fruit...

K5MOW
08-12-2013, 06:35 AM
That's fine while you're fermenting and while it's still releasing carbon dioxide, but once you rack it you won't want so much headspace. Although then you could just fill two 1-gal jugs...

Yes this is what I would do.

Roger

McJeff
08-12-2013, 11:05 AM
Now I'm worried about my 5 gallon batch sitting in a 6 gallon carboy :(

kchaystack
08-12-2013, 11:08 AM
Have you had any airlock activity on the carboy? If you have, some fermentation has taken place and likely driven off the O2 in your head space.

McJeff
08-12-2013, 01:00 PM
Nah hasn't been active, been waiting for something else to catch up so I can mix it.

mannye
08-12-2013, 11:01 PM
You can top off with water if it won't throw off your plans too much.

McJeff
08-13-2013, 04:24 AM
Grr I ended up just bottling it and writing it off as a too sweet batch.