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Using blue barrels for short term storage

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havlikn

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This fall I plan on doing a red wine and putting it through MLF. After MLF I want to put it into a neutral barrel. Is it safe to put the wine in a foodgrade 60 gallon blue barrel for MLF to complete and then rack it into the neutral barrel?
 

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No need to wait, I would just go straight to the barrel.
 

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Generally with heavy reds they would be racked and sulfited after MLF, some lighter reds like Pinot Noir might get sulfite only and be left on the lees.
 

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Depending on how long in the blue barrels I would worry about the oxygen permeability of them.
 

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I agree go straight to the barrel and once MLF is complete I would rack and return. I also agree that the blue barrels would leave too much oxygen exposure. MLF can take 30 or more days.
 

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