I was planning on making one of the Brewer's Best kits.How about make 6 US gallons in a primary and rack to a 6 gallon carboy. Then you don't have to buy a 5 gallon carboy.
Are you planning to make beer from scratch or a kit? If kit, which kit? Some kits make 5 US gallons, others 6 US gallons.
Head space has nothiing to do with foaming. Like I said ferment in a bucket as the fermentation is much stronger than winemaking. Then, rack to 5 gallon carboy once the primary is finished. The secondayr like in winemaking will help clear your beer/wine.So the extra room causes it to foam up? If it doesn't have a lot of head it wont foam?
I do all-grain as well. I used to transfer to secondary, but found that it really didn't make any difference to clarity or taste as long as I let it ferment out completely in the primary.I do all grain. All grain is somewhat different than extract. This is why I rack to a secondary carboy. I then wait a week so it settles more and save that yeast (washed). I also keg . The difference is in the clarity of the beer. the taste would be close to the same if bottling from primary w/ extract.