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Old 11-18-2008, 11:39 PM   #1
Sep 2008
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My brew buddy and I were talking the other night about aging mead.
Does mead that has been bulk aged taste different than mead aged in the bottle?

Example: Two meads brewed on same day. three weeks in primary, racked onto fruit in the secondary, left for three weeks, placed in tertiary.
Batch one is left in teritay for six months batch two is left in tertiary for three weeks then bottled.

At the end of six months aging will both meads taste the same? Why or why not?

Thanks in advance


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Old 11-19-2008, 03:19 AM   #2
Nov 2007
Spring Valley, Ohio
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Bottle aging tends to differ slightly from bottle to bottle. Because they can't possibly see the exact same environment. Bulk aging just allows for a more consistent product from bottle to bottle.
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Old 11-19-2008, 03:41 AM   #3
May 2007
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Yep! I agree with Tusch. I much prefer to bulk age it all. I know this ties up the carboys but if you are not planning to drink it young then you will notice slight differences after the years go by.
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In the Carboy:
Red wine
Roman Raisin Wine
Bottle aging/drinking:
Apple Wine (15% abv)
Strawberry Wine
Elder Flower Wine
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