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Berry Juice

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Just got in a Fontana Cab and I have been reading posts that say to only use 5 gal of water instead of 6.
How does this work in a 6 gal carboy?
I know I can go buy a 5 gal carboy but didn't want to if possible.
 

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Most are going to do primary in a bucket usually around 7+ gallon capacity, throwing a towel over it or a loose lid. 5 or 6 gallons won't matter there. Then for secondary and bulk aging you want the wine in a carboy topped up to the neck and an airlock on it. A 5 gallon carboy will actually take 5.5 gallons to top off and a 6 gl carboy will take 6.5 gls.

So even if you were to make the kit to 6 gls you would still be short to be able to top off the 6 gl carboy.

I have made the kit both ways and it is better making it to 5 gls. If you make the kit to 5 gl the 6 gl carboy can be used for primary fermentation

You will have airspace if you use the 6 gl carboy for secondary/aging. Some use marbles to take up volume, other use a head space eliminator (search the site).

Good luck
 

Berry Juice

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Understood, Maybe I will get another kit and use half on this batch and the rest for next time.
 

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Or you could buy some bottles of cheap cab sauv and top off with that after fermentation.
 
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