I have 2 five gallon carboys of cab. sauv. and 2 five gallon carboys of
lemberger in the ba***t. Temperature at 59 degrees. Primary and
secondary ferment went great and all racking is done. Just clear red
wine with no signs of ferment. I tried to add some sticks of oak that I
sawed 3/4" square. After about 3 weeks started to taste a pitch taste
in one of the carboys, got scared and took all of the oak out. I really
must stick to the oak chips made for this purpose. After about 2 months
the pitch taste has relaxed and the wine seems that it will be OK.
Maybe even better when blended with the other Lemberger... The question
is will the wine age faster in bottles or the 5 gallon carboys? I have
heard the smaller the bottle the faster the ageing. Is this the case or
not? I am sure that I could bottle right now or leave in the carboys if
need be. Please comment...