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Go Big at Home

Firstly let me define what I mean by “big batch” for this discussion. Let’s say a big batch is anything larger than a 6-gallon (23-L) carboy of wine. Many home winemakers begin their journey in the winemaking hobby by trying their hand at 6-gallon (23-L) and sometimes even 1-gallon (4-L) batches. Some winemakers find these relatively smaller sizes perfect for them, but others start considering larger batches after achieving some success with these sizes. This is often driven by a variation of the concept of supply and demand.  A 6-gallon (23-L) batch of wine equates to 30 bottles (750 mL). Let’s say it is a Cabernet Sauvignon that you and your friends and family are enamored with. You have a party at your home (after the pandemic is over) and you quickly go through nearly a case. Some of those party guests loved it so much that they ask if you might share a bottle for them to take home. By the end of this event you may be left with just a case. This wonderful wine that you spent