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HalfPint 11-10-2009 03:17 AM

Can I cork without a corker?
 
I want to bottle apfelwein in some 750 ml wine bottles, but I don't want to buy a corker. I would love to pick some corks up from the LHBS and just jam em in there. How should I go about doing this? Can I just jam it in there or do I need to use some other technique?

Also, I've looked and can't find a good thread on this. If there is one, please point me that way.

Thanks,
J

samc 11-10-2009 03:31 AM

Although I have yet to do it, research has shown that Mushroom corks can be fit by hand easily. They do however recommend that you do not use them for long term aging beyond 18 months and you need to keep them upright.

http://www.eckraus.com is a good point of info.

Nurmey 11-10-2009 03:48 AM

You can buy a hand corker for $10. I don't believe you would want to cork a lot of bottles with it but for a few it should work.
http://www.homebrewit.com/images/4044_90x315.jpg

Emerald 11-10-2009 04:28 AM

While I am not at the point of bottling and corking my wines yet, I have been looking around the web on corks and such and found a few called "Zorks" and they can be pushed in by hand. But not a lot of info on how good they are for long term storage. But they do look kinda cool, and would be good for gift giving a wine that would be drank soon.

mmadmikes1 11-10-2009 05:33 AM

please dont wast time trying to "jam" regular corks in there. It will hurt your hand(I tried acouple time on a bet). If you are going to drink it fast you will be ok using gadgets

dinich 11-10-2009 11:56 AM

If it's still and not carb'd you should be able to use Champagne corks.
Trying to "jam" in a regular cork could be difficult

My $.02

D

IwanaBrich 11-10-2009 12:47 PM

What about using Zorks? See their web page for more info http://zorkusa.com/

Texron 11-10-2009 01:37 PM

I think you would question youre reasoning after after about the first bottle. Do you have any friends in the hobby that make wine? Maybe you could borrow one or maybe your LHBS rents the bigger ones.

Or maybe, since we both live in Houston, you could call me and borrow mine.

gratus fermentatio 11-10-2009 01:46 PM

Never used Zork corks, but I've heard good things about them. If you plan on carbonating your apfelwein, don't use regular wine bottles, they cannot withstand the pressure & will either blow the cork, or shatter the glass. You can easily use beer bottles if you carbonate or not. You can use the hand corker if you want, but it's going to get real old real quick. If you don't want to buy a corker, see if your LHBS will rent you one. You could always bottle in champagne bottles too, you just need a rubber mallet & that little wire twisting tool for the wire hoods, it's easy. Hope you find this info useful. Regards, GF.

HalfPint 11-10-2009 05:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Texron (Post 1667185)
I think you would question youre reasoning after after about the first bottle. Do you have any friends in the hobby that make wine? Maybe you could borrow one or maybe your LHBS rents the bigger ones.

Or maybe, since we both live in Houston, you could call me and borrow mine.

Hey, I might take you up on that. I typically go to Defalco's on Stella Link. I'm not sure they would rent me a corker, but it's possible.

Also, I plan on kegging this stuff, but I think I may bottle a case of wine bottles for long term storage. I don't make wine often enough (at all really) to buy a corker. I am a beer maker.


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