choc raspberry kit help needed

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WaWa

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Hi all!
I've just started a kit choc raspberry port. The ol' guy at the home brew shop said that although it only makes 11 litres it will be ok in a 23 litre secondary. I'm worried about this. I only have the 23 litre or several 5 litres to split it into. What's the best way to go. He said the gap at the top will fill with gas and be ok and that it's not a good idea to split the mix. What do you think?
 

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Yes your ok, if you follow thier directions. If you want to bulk age it no. You are correct to worry in that case. If you buy a 6 gal kit and plan to bulk age in carboy it is really a 5 gal kit. So after secoundary fermentaion I would split to 1 gal carboys.
 
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Yeah I got one off them too and was told the same thing. I thuoght I would move the wine to 1 gallon and 1/2 gallon carboys once Ive added the finings.....or should I leave it for the two weeks it says to after adding the finings then move it to the smaller carboys?

Unfortunately my batch is about a week ahead of wawas so we cant blend them.

Next time huh Wawa???!!!
 

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It will not be ok in a 6 gallon carboy! That a lot of 02 in there withyor wine and this wine needs to sit in there awhile as it has a lot of solids to settle out, I aged for a little while and ended up with a ton of sediment in my bottles a few years back, dont make the same mistake as me cause this kit is too good to be drinking mud. Get yourself a 3 gallon carboy or if you have compressed C02 blow some in there.
 

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Oh dear, so we cant look at moving it to smaller carboys at finishing stage? Ive got about 10 days to go till then or round about..
Where would one get compressed CO2 from?
 

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If you have stores that sell commercial wine they might have compessed gases designed to spary in a bottle to save the wine for later times. You might need 2 or 3 for this though as thats a lot f empty space. If you know someone who kegs beer then they would have a set up.
 

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Wade
I noticed your recipe for 3 gal strawberry choc port is racked into a 6 gal carboy. Wouldnt this create the same situation we have here?
 
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