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Old 05-10-2013, 03:32 PM   #1
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Default Corking without a corker?

I dont make much wine and as i will be leaving the country in a few months so probably might cork about 30 bottles max and dont wanna buy a corker... does anyone know if theres a way i can do this? maybe using a hammer or some other kind of tools???? ive never corked a bottle in my life so have no idea how hard it is to do.

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Old 05-10-2013, 03:34 PM   #2
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Spend five dollars and buy a hand corker. You won't be able to just pound them in.

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Old 05-10-2013, 10:05 PM   #3
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You can't hammer them in you need a horn to compress them. Without that it's like ramming a marshmallow in a piggy bank.

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I did it on 2 bottles I took on a Cruse, drank the wine and refilled the bottles with Bourbon. I used a rubber mallet and a 3/4 inch bolt. It wasn't easy at all.

Then I realized corkers are pretty darn inexpensive.

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A new cork will not drive in. The old ones did because they were already compressed and formed to the bottle neck.

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i beg to differ, use a pair of flat pliers and work your way around the cork compressing all sides and then quickly shove it in the bottle and press up against a wall to shove it all the way in....sounds crazy but it works....it is not safe....good luck.

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i beg to differ, use a pair of flat pliers and work your way around the cork compressing all sides and then quickly shove it in the bottle and press up against a wall to shove it all the way in....sounds crazy but it works....it is not safe....good luck.
Just make sure any tools you work with have been clean & sanitized. There are also Zorks or bar top-style corks which are an alternative.
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I did it on 2 bottles I took on a Cruse, drank the wine and refilled the bottles with Bourbon. I used a rubber mallet and a 3/4 inch bolt. It wasn't easy at all.

Then I realized corkers are pretty darn inexpensive.
You can recork with an old cork by flipping it upside down and pounding it in...but I challenge you to try with a new one.
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Stitch's are no fun, especially when the clean out the cuts with a stiff brush then shoot a needle right into the cut. BUY a cheap hand corker.

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While its not as pretty, not as traditional, I'm putting more and more wine into swing tops and crown cap bottles.

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