Intentional oxidation

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Brian-1

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I'm in the process of making a high alcohol content apricot wine. I started the batch at 1.105 sg and gradually added sugar during fermentation. I calculated that I got to 18.6% ABV at 1.012 final SG, then I added enough Everclear to bring the ABV up to 20.5%.

Right now I've transferred from the primary bucket to a 5-gallon carboy. I put an empty airlock on the carboy because I read that you can oxidize a high alcohol wine and not worry about spoilage due to oxidation.

My question is do I always keep an empty airlock on the carboy during bulk aging (8-12 months)? During racking, assuming I lose some volume due to sediment, is it unnecessary to top up the carboy?
 

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Why do you want it oxidized?
 

Brian-1

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I thought I would oxidize it so it would be like a port or sherry. Also, I was hoping that I could avoid having to top off after racking.
 

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Can't see the benefit of intentionally oxidizing a port. Fill the carboy to the neck and put a breathable bung on it.
 

MariusTitulescu

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Me neither, but maybe I'm missing something. Are you satisfied with the result?
 

Brian-1

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Thanks for the replies. As far as being satisfied with the result, I can't really tell yet since it just recently finished the primary fermentation. Aren't tawny ports oxidized during aging? I guess that's what I was trying to do.
 

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