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Old 10-28-2011, 06:50 PM   #1
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What is the general thought on this? Do I just leave them alone and cork?

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Old 10-28-2011, 07:07 PM   #2
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I throw them in a saucepan with about an inch of water, boil for 5 minutes, then just pluck them out of the pan and into the corker. I dunno if the sanitizing is as much of a big deal as softening them up.

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Old 10-28-2011, 07:21 PM   #3
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I just rented a wine corker and the cork goes in fine without boiling? Should I not worry and just cork?

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Old 10-28-2011, 07:33 PM   #4
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You sanitize everything else that touches your beer after the boil, no? Why not sanitize the corks? Throw them into a Starsan solution for a minute then pluck them right out to put in the corker (bonus, it will make it a little easier if they're wet). Cork on, I love cork & cage bottling, gives the packaging a little something extra (in addition to bottle refermentation benefits).

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Old 10-28-2011, 08:10 PM   #5
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I throw them in a starsan solution...they float so I dunk them down briefly.

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Old 10-29-2011, 01:05 AM   #6
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I toss them in star san so they're a little lubed up. I do it out of habit and because the sanitizer is handy.

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