You have two barrels of bourbon, next to each other in a warehouse. One barrel holds 5 gallons, the other one 53. The warehouse is neither heated nor cooled. Temperatures inside, like those outside, can exceed 90 degrees in summer and drop below zero in winter. Ambient temperature can change 30 or more degrees within a 24 hour period.
Does the whiskey's response to these temperatures vary according to the size of the barrel. It seem that the whiskey in the five gallon barrel would follow the ambient temperature more quickly and closely than the whiskey in the large barrel, which would tend to change temperature more slowly. Am I right? How much difference would there be?
Also, the volume of a liquid expands when it gets warm and contracts when it gets cold. Would the liquid in the small barrel expand/contract more, as a percentage of its volume at the baseline temperature? Or would they expand/contract to the same extent?
This isn't a quiz. I'm asking because I don't know the answers.