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I have a 3 gallon wine kit about ready to go from primary in a plastic bucket to secondary in a carboy. This is a port style, so I think I should be getting more fermentation action once I'm in the carboy. I only have a 5 gallon carboy, is this going to be too big and have too much headroom for good results?

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Nope, that will be fine. I've done it several times.

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That's right - primary ferment will produce many times more CO2 than the 2 gallons of headspace. However, you may have to condition in bottles, since that's normally done in a carboy matching the batch size. –  mdma Sep 12 '13 at 21:22
    
Yeah, for long term aging a smaller carboy would be better. Unless there's some way to purge the O2 from a larger one. –  Denny Conn Sep 12 '13 at 21:34
    
Doesn't the CO2 sink to the bottom of the gas mix anyways? Unless he moves the carboy it should form a protective layer on top of his wine. –  BoilerBrad Sep 20 '13 at 15:52
    
It's not that cut and dried. There will definitely be mixing. –  Denny Conn Sep 20 '13 at 16:42
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