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mead
08-06-2014, 11:57 PM
Is there a difference between leaving a batch in a glass carboy and bottling?

Say for example if I bottle 5 gallons into 12 oz beer bottles and leave 5 gallons in a carboy of an identical product would there be any difference in the end product? If so, then why?

danr
08-07-2014, 12:34 AM
I expect that there would be some minor differences in taste at any given point in time due to the differences in volume/mead to air ratio, but the main advantage of bulk aging in a carboy is that you still have the ability to make adjustments if necessary. I do know that, for example, wine in a 750 ml bottle will age more quickly than a 1500 ml magnum because the ratio of air to wine is lower in the magnum. The smaller bottle oxidizes more quickly. However, mead is less susceptible to oxidation than wine.

mead
08-07-2014, 12:50 AM
Ah. That does make sense about being able to make adjustments. Thank you.

Midnight Sun
08-07-2014, 02:50 AM
A large batch will age uniformly (more or less) whereas individual bottles may age at different rates. Larger batches will also resist temperature fluctuations.

mead
08-08-2014, 12:04 AM
Will they age faster in the smaller containers?

mead
08-08-2014, 12:04 AM
Never mind. I just realized that was answered.