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Old 09-06-2008, 07:59 PM   #11
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Out of curiosity, did you soak your corks before you bottled?

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Old 09-06-2008, 10:25 PM   #12
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Definately mold. Molds propagate via spores & those spores can be released & float around when you disturb the colony, so you'll want to wipe as much of the stuff off both your bottles and your corks, using a solution of sanitizer (bleach, starsan, etc...) as you can BEFORE you start removing corks. The reason being that you could easily contaminate the contents of the bottle with these mold spores & not even know it as they're microscopic. Some molds are tough critters to get rid of & you might get one that can survive in an X% alcohol solution. That's my 2 cents worth, hope you find it useful, GF. EDIT: Forgot to mention that you might consider adding sulfites to protect against mold contamination. I know it would be a pain, but it's just a thought. Regards, GF.

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Old 09-06-2008, 10:42 PM   #13
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Out of curiosity, did you soak your corks before you bottled?
That was my guess as well. I have a friend who had the same problem in a humid basement after dipping his corks in K-meta.
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Old 09-06-2008, 11:00 PM   #14
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Actually, I was thinking that if he didn't then he should soak them in water and campden tablets before bottling. It could have just been mold spores that were already on the corks.

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