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5.5 gallons of headspace is alot of headspace. Why would you consider it? 1 gallon jugs at the brew shop go for $5. If you don't have a brewshop in your area, Trader Joe's sells a gallon of apple juice in a glass jug for the same price.
Doing 1 gallon in a 6.5 gallon carboy sounds like it's alot more trouble than it's worth.