Tip for Excess Space In Carboys
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  1. #1
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    Default Tip for Excess Space In Carboys

    After trying to prevent air space in carboys after racking. Every time you rack you get more space. Topping it off with a similar wine or mead is usually difficult. And would result in having excess space in other containers.

    So last winter I purchased a CO2 bicycle tire inflator with CO2 carriages for around $12. It no longer matters how much air is left at the top, a second or two spray of the CO2 quickly displaces any gasses left in the carboy. The cold CO2 is heavier and pushes other gasses upward. I can even take a gallon and leave the rest to age.

    Not sure if this is the reason but my meads have definitely got better

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    Default Re: Tip for Excess Space In Carboys

    I've always used sterilized marbles.

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    Default Re: Tip for Excess Space In Carboys

    Doesn't it have to attach to a tire valve to grt the co2 out?
    "My wife always wanted girls. Just not thousands and thousands of them......"

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    Default Re: Tip for Excess Space In Carboys

    The pin does not need to be pressed to release gas, you can control the air released by a opening and closing a valve. It also did not leak unused gas for a few months between racking.

    This is the one I purchased the price has gone up a bit, there are lots of others just get one with good reviews.

    https://www.amazon.com/Planet-Bike-Z...s=co2+inflator

    One CO2 canister is good for about 20 carboys of different levels.

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    Default Re: Tip for Excess Space In Carboys

    Awesome. Thanks!
    "My wife always wanted girls. Just not thousands and thousands of them......"

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