Doing a couple of things today with this beer for the first time. 1. Splitting a batch in secondaries and 2. reusing yeast.
So I need some advice. I want to secondary two gallons of the beer on oak cubes, and I have 2 one gallon fermentors for that. But I don't have anything smaller than a 5 gallon carboy or bucket to secondary the remaining three gallons and I don't want to oxidize it. I don't have access to any co2, so is there anything I could do to help protect the three gallons that will be in the 5 gallon container? Could I sanitize a piece of foil or saran wrap and lay it on top of the three gallons in a bucket in order to have a bit of a barrier? Or am I worrying for nothing?
Also, I'm putting a belgian blonde onto this cake. I know it would probably be a huge over pitch to leave the whole cake, so I was thinking about removing about half. Suggestions? The beer I'm racking off the cake is a strong golden, about 10%. The blonde going onto the cake is around 1.050 I think.