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The question should be: To buy more carboys or not to buy more? OR where the hell am I going to store more full carboys? OR Is 1 year bulk aging enough?
Damn you Wine Gods> :)
 

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duh ! !
Buy more carboys !
 

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Mike for me it's a carefully coordinated plan to maximize my wine. If I bottle this then I can rack into this and start this. It would be easier to just buy more carboys.
 

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LOL! I'm out of carboys to... Mine aren't near bottling time though... Think I might try to talk hubby into more carboys, but he's tired of looking at the ones I have. I think this is the age old debate... Space vs. Patience!
 

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Now IF he also drinks wine, case closed get more carboys.

SWMBO here drinks alot so I have aging carboys all over the house.

Look below "fermenting"
 

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WOW! What a list! LOL! Hubby's not a wine drinker, and I don't drink much... So I doubt he'd go for that... At least until I start his beer! LOL!
 

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but I already have 14, I don't want to move the winery into Living Room. Some of the wine has been bulk aging for 1 1/2 yrs so I could bottle it. You see it is like this, I have empty primaries that demand to be filled, I have grain and hops, I have frozen berries. Whats a guy to do?????????Wahahahahahah
 

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BTW am kinda liking this beer making thingy too. should do this back when I still drank beer
 

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but I already have 14, I don't want to move the winery into Living Room. Some of the wine has been bulk aging for 1 1/2 yrs so I could bottle it. You see it is like this, I have empty primaries that demand to be filled, I have grain and hops, I have frozen berries. Whats a guy to do?????????Wahahahahahah
Make BEER :b:b
 

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Your for sure bulk aging way more than most folks! I have 10 "boys" and that is all I will ever have. I bulk age 6-8 mo max for a red. 3-4 months for a white. Nothing wrong with bottle aging!
 

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Your for sure bulk aging way more than most folks! I have 10 "boys" and that is all I will ever have. I bulk age 6-8 mo max for a red. 3-4 months for a white. Nothing wrong with bottle aging!
Ok Mike, you are the first one I ever heard say that's all I will ever have. So tomorrow you find someone is getting out of it and has 6 gallon carboys for 15.00, "no thank you I have enough". Do you really think so? Whats even harder is living so close to so much available fresh juice and finding so many you like.
 

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Your for sure bulk aging way more than most folks! I have 10 "boys" and that is all I will ever have. I bulk age 6-8 mo max for a red. 3-4 months for a white. Nothing wrong with bottle aging!
Mike
Who you talking about?
 

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Ha! Certainly not you Tom! Good thing I finally neutered those "boys"! :sm 10 "chillin" is plenty!
 

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I never said anything about barrels though did I! :sm

Ok Mike, you are the first one I ever heard say that's all I will ever have. So tomorrow you find someone is getting out of it and has 6 gallon carboys for 15.00, "no thank you I have enough". Do you really think so? Whats even harder is living so close to so much available fresh juice and finding so many you like.
 

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From what I understand, one year of bulk aging is more than enough time---BOTTLE IT!!! :i
 

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I am permanently "borrowing" some carboys from my Chiropractor... he's offered more, and I have declined!! I don't drink or give away enough to make more than I have now!! There is no point! So, I have as many as I'm ever gonna have too.

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I have started aging in Corny kegs since I now have a line on free ones. They will work as good as I think, I hope, I fill them, then preasurize them, then bleed off preasure. I am sure this leaves any air space full of co2. They do store easier than carboys because you can stack them
 

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The other problem I have is that while I do have a great dedicated space, its pretty small. Approx 180 ft2. I am trying to figure out how to cram ~8 Brutes in there for a week this Fall for primary fermentation of my fresh grapes and still be able to move around.....
 

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Since I really do not like bottling, I would of course just buy more carboys. Problem is, no matter how many carboys I buy and fill, when I go into my wine room, the wine still hasn't bottle itself. :tz

Ugh!
 

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Note to self: Come up with a way to invent "self-bottling wine".....

Retire as a Gozillionaire! :sm
 
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