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Postby herocomplex » Fri Jan 21, 2005 11:07 pm

I'm brewing my first wine and I've been told that bottling in a smaller bottle will speed the aging time (ex. a half-size wine bottle will age twice as fast). Is there any truth to this? If so, is there any problem with bottling wine in beer bottles?

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Bulk Aging

Postby BillyBock » Sat Jan 22, 2005 8:36 am

Hi, Hero.

I don't believe that's correct.

Beer and wine are left to bulk age in their vessels until it's time to package them. There are benefits to using a larger yeast cake to accomplish the aging--there are a lot of bio-chemical things going on in there which you wouldn't get to the same degree if you were using a smaller yeast cake in a bottle. These reactions happen more quickly and more completely with a larger yeast bed. The only thing that would speed up is the time it takes for the yeast to settle to the bottom of the bottle as they would have a shorter distance to fall than in a fermenter. But by itself, flocculation is not aging.

Let your wine ferment and settle then transfer it over to a carboy and tuck it away to age (2 or 3 months?). This also gives it time to de-gas; remember wine is flat, unless your're making champagne.

Brew on!

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Postby Dogger Dan » Sun Jan 23, 2005 4:16 pm

Yes it is correct although I wont say 50 percent quicker because you are using a 50 percent smalller bottle.

Because the volume is less, it reacts quicker. Point to note, it will go south quicker to.

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