Q: I just received a AIH Blueberry kit and 2 more selection kits. I am very experienced with the selection kits.
I printed the instructions for the AIH Kit. IS The first primary fermenter a 6 gallon bucket or do you start of with a 5 or 6 gallon glass jug. Selection kits are in 6 gallon bucket for a short period of time and finish fermenting in the 6 gallon glass carbouy. Step 2 in AIH Instructions says to add fruit base and sugar into fermenter. Step 7 says to transfer to glass after fermentation is complete. That's a lot of air exposure for 4 to 6 weeks in first fermentation container. Please clarify
A: Is using a bucket and carboy for fermenation, The bucket is best use for primary as the yeast will provide a co2 blanket above the must that helps drive off oxugen and contaminates, but would be best moved over to the Carboy with a more closed head space for prolonged secondary process since this will cut the risk of oxidation. if using a carboy for both stages, a larger 6 gallon for primary and a smaller 5 gallon for secondary would be best. The batch can be moved into secondary as soon as we see the gravity reach the final gravity listed on the recipe to begin the clarifying and conditioning phase before bottling