Originally Posted by doody
i was wondering how big of a deal this would be in the final product if it was just four gallons in a six carboy. i am sure it would work, but as far as long term storage and taste i am not sure. I don't think it is as big a deal as people make it out to be, at least when making ciders. I have 2 gallons left of apfelwien in a six gallon carboy and have been taking off gallons the last month and notice no difference
If you haven't noticed a difference, you're lucky. Wine oxidizes quickly with headspace, and it'll take on "sherry" like notes and turn a bit brownish. I'd say to drink it fast, because it gets worse as time goes on.