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Ullage

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Term for the loss of liquid in a wine container caused by evaporation, which occurs mainly in wooden containers but also in bottles sealed with natural corks. Wooden barrels are not absolutely leak-proof compared to tanks made of stainless steel, glass or ceramics, but there is a certain exchange of substances (liquid and also oxygen) in both directions (both outwards and inwards). With old wooden barrels, leaks, especially between the barrel staves,...

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