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Old 03-19-2008, 07:31 PM   #1
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Default Any need of storing wine bottles horizontally?

I just finished bottling my first batch of apfelwein in wine bottles. I was just wondering, I have heard that with corked wine bottles you should store them horizontally so the cork doesnt dry out, Is this applicable for Apfelwein? I figured it was only for really long term storage. The reason I ask is because i would rather not store horizontally because Im afraid any sediment will get mixed back in when i stand it up.

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Old 03-19-2008, 07:43 PM   #2
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That is a good point about the sediment, and also the reason that when I recently started bottling in wine bottles that I purchased the synthetic corks...Nothing to dry out.
My Apfelwein has been bottled for about a week...trust me, it won't last long enough for the corks to dry out.

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I plan on letting some age for a while first any idea how long it will take to dry out the corks?

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I wouldn't go past a year with natural corks. If you want to age it, just lay it down. You can set it upright 2-3 weeks before you want to serve it.

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FWIW Newbie here, but...

I bottled my wine, soaked the natural corks overnight and then dipped them in wax. Thereby hopefully won't have the dried out cork problem. I cannot store them on their sides.

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From what I have read and heard, it is not advised that you soak your corks much at all and definitely not overnight.

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Quote:
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I wouldn't go past a year with natural corks. If you want to age it, just lay it down. You can set it upright 2-3 weeks before you want to serve it.
Exactly what I was thinking.
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