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Old 03-21-2013, 11:30 PM   #1
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Default Can i re use used wine corks?

I'm trying it on 4 bottles of my home made stuff and if it works I'm gonna keep going. I just took used ones and shoved them in the bottles. No soaking, no boiling. I did this three weeks ago and there is no leakage. I'm more concerned with maybe the wine from the initial bottle soaked into the cork and. Maybe that would spoil my homebrew?

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Old 03-21-2013, 11:35 PM   #2
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I guess now that I think about it would be if corks absorb wine? And would said wine soaked cork turn into a vinegar soaked cork and act as a starter on the new bottle the second time around?

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I guess now that I think about it would be if corks absorb wine? And would said wine soaked cork turn into a vinegar soaked cork and act as a starter on the new bottle the second time around?
It's not so much the old wine in it, but using a cork screw puts a big hole in the cork. Also, corks are compressed to put them in the bottle, then they expand to seal the bottle tightly.

Corks are not reusable.
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Corks are also very cheap,so I would not even try.

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Also think about where the cork might have been. You are picking up a cork that has been who knows where and putting it in YOUR wine you worked hard to produce. Uh no! You are risking infection, etc. to your wine.
I buy 100 premium corks for $24.00.

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With as long as it takes wine to get "good" I'd hate to infect it with a potentially bad cork. If you want to save money, put it into bombers and cap them.

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I have a reputable source for used corks... My restaurant. I have my bartenders save them for me. It's not like I'm picking them up off the street or anything. I know they're cheap too but the homebrew spot is way out of the way. I was just curious is all. What's the worst that can happen? I get vinegar?

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I have a reputable source for used corks... My restaurant. I have my bartenders save them for me. It's not like I'm picking them up off the street or anything. I know they're cheap too but the homebrew spot is way out of the way. I was just curious is all. What's the worst that can happen? I get vinegar?
Or oxidation, or a spontaneous MLF, or the corks fail and you get mold or a different bacterial contamination.

Vinegar would be the best out of any of those, but it isn't that easy to get vinegar without a mother of vinegar or another source. It'd be far more likely to have issues with other mold and bacterial contamination and oxidation.
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So really the biggest threat is air getting in and not a contaminated cork. What if I seal with wax on top of the old cork? That would effectively make an air tight seal. I'm not experiencing any leakage from the bottles so that would be the fail safe.

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I have a reputable source for used corks... My restaurant. I have my bartenders save them for me. It's not like I'm picking them up off the street or anything. I know they're cheap too but the homebrew spot is way out of the way. I was just curious is all. What's the worst that can happen? I get vinegar?
My God man are you Scottish? Heck I've got bags of cheap corks that came with wine kits I'll give you.
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