First of all. Way to rep B-lo! Second, it really depends, yes there is oxidization, but it really depends on how you bottle it. I have a bunch of sizes and i think (no research) that the larger sizes age better. I have flip tops and screw tops. pints, quarts, 40's, and 2.75 gals 40's are economical and if you get through a 40 of mead you wont have to worry about much of anything except where your sleeping. So I guess the questions back to you, what are you bottling in and why aren't you finishing what you started?