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Carbonation process - Using the carboy

You do not want to do this. Carboys are not meant to hold pressure and will break. If you want clearer beer, aging it longer in a carboy and/or using something like gelatin or whirlfloc will greatly ...
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Has your airlock ever shot out of your carboy?

It usually happens with strong fermentation when the krausen clogs the airlock, it is then ejected with the pressure. If the fermentation was still active when you returned, the beer might not be ...
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Should I worry about this smell?

At the 1 week stage: do not worry. If it's still there in a few weeks, sure, worry then. All sorts of weird flavours come off yeast when it's actively fermenting. For example lager yeasts can just ...
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Will dry hopping without a hop bag give me "hop floaties"?

I'm not a fan of using bags in fermentation The bags usually float giving a perfect media for bacteria on the exposed area to grow on. Expecially in secondary when c02 levels are the lowest. Also in ...
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Will dry hopping without a hop bag give me "hop floaties"?

Yeah, it may. If you can chill the before racking to a keg it should drop the hops. If you can' do that, you can just wait til they drop on their own.
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Carboy keep overflowing

Few tricks for temporary fix. Swirling every so often can get kausen to drop back in. Nitrile glove with a pin hole in a finger will work for a DYI air relief cover, should limit the mess. Latex ...
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What's the point of secondary fermentation?

I think Secondary fermentation is a term that came over from wine making. Secondary fermentation in the wine world is where you have the malolactic fermentation happen. This is a bacteria not yeast ...
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Carboy keep overflowing

You could do either of your suggestions, or if your carboy fits in a bucket, just let it overflow through the airlock until the blowoff tube arrives.
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Carboy size 3 or 5 gallon? please

For the primary go with 5 gallons so you have plenty of headspace for any foaming. For the secondary, i'l split between the 3 gallon carboy and get a 1 gallon jug for the remainder. This way you can ...
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[CIDER]: Can I rack in day 4 if there are 20mm of sediments and fermentation is over?

Short answer? Yes. In fact, I would move your cider to secondary. This is also a good time to dry hop it if that's a thing you want to do.
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Carboy size 3 or 5 gallon? please

1) Go with a 5 gallon primary, this is the one you want ample head space in, secondary filling to the neck minimizes O2 exposure. O2 exposure is only an issue once you have alcohol in the cider, there ...
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Carboy keep overflowing

Have you considered using FermCap? It will reduce the Krausen without hurting the beer.
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Carbonation process - Using the carboy

Aside from the pressure in glass issue, you will lose too much carbonation transferring it to the bottles after.
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Didn’t completely add a stopper CraftABrew

I would take a gravity reading and taste it! it looks like it fermented well, did it come out of the top? if you had the white cap on it then that is definitely OK. CO2 is heavier than air, so would ...
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Where to buy 2 Gallon or 4 Gallon carboy?

I have not found glass carboys in those sizes unfortunately. However... I love my 3-gallon glass vase fermenter (on the right in picture below, also have a 1.25-gallon on left). Have to be very ...
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Where to buy 2 Gallon or 4 Gallon carboy?

Northern Brewer make the "Little big mouth bubbler" and other sizes, I have seen them used in youtube videos and they look great (thick glass) and easy to clean. I am awaiting stock to ...
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Why are we missing a 5.5 gallon carboy?

There must be some historical reason for that, which I don't know. However, there are some 5.5 gallon available now: https://www.amazon.ca/Kegco-Gallon-Carboy-Fermenter-Homebrew/dp/B01ANDX3R0
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Batch Management - How do you manage your batches for container volume?

A couple years ago, I was experimenting with a melomel recipe and got two small 3-gallon plastic fermenters. After the initial fermentation was done, I racked those into 1-gallon glass jugs that I'd ...
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Carbonation process - Using the carboy

I wondered if i could close the carboy with a plug, and simply bottle it when carbonation is done; but i've read that the carboy could explode (!!!). So; is it a good or bad idea? Otherwise i thought ...
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Carboy keep overflowing

You could remove the cap and tape a piece of foil or plastic wrap partially over the opening. I’ve done this with Saisons to prevent back pressure stalling fermentation.
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Can I rack to and clear my wine in a lidded plastic bucket without a stopper?

For your secondary you will need something that seals airtight or at least with an air lock, a sealed plastic bucket would be OK, I have used them before, but don't use for too long. A loose fitting ...
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Rubber bung keeps getting out

How about this... Use your carboy handle. Tighten the wing nut so the handle is hard to move. Adjust it to hold the Bung down like this: 8 Ways to use a carboy handle
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Rubber bung keeps getting out

This is a common problem. I think a summary recap answer is warranted. Proper Stopper Size and Style. There are dozens of styles. Hoods, drilled plug, molded silicone etc. Pick one you like, they all ...
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Rubber bung keeps getting out

I'd say that a Silicone bung would be the best thing to go for as Silicone has a lot of chemical, weathering and heat resistance meaning that it will stand up to things like this. Try http://www.vital-...
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