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Old 12-14-2009, 04:24 PM   #1
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Is there any good use for these things? More and more wineries are using them and I know I have a big pile. Some of them are nice thick bottles. Does anybody use these? Do you cork them or what. Just trying to decide whether to pitch them or keep them around. I actually have inadvertantly corked a few in the past without incident. Is this unsafe?
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Old 12-14-2009, 05:55 PM   #2
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I have 4 or 5 of them and have corked them without issue. I was nervous but I just compared them to the other bottles and the opening was the same size and the glass seemed to be the same thickness.

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Old 12-14-2009, 07:57 PM   #3
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that's good to know, I have been throwing mine out.

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Old 12-14-2009, 08:03 PM   #4
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A friend of mine will sometimes reuse the screw cap too and the wines he gave me in them were fine. I guess as long as the cap makes a fairly tight seal again there will be not issues short term. Without carbonation it probably seals fairly well. Not sure about long term storage though.

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Old 12-14-2009, 08:07 PM   #5
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I have a few that I use for short-term storage or odd amounts of wine left from a bottling that I plan on drinking right away. If you are worried about a seal you could cork them and put the cap on over it.

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OP: I have used some Jones Soda bottles with corks, I don't trust them long term, but they're good short term for sure.

jgln, we are talking about corking a screw top bottle which is safe for short term. Using the original screw top cap is not safe to do. I would never trust reusing those caps.

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OP: I have used some Jones Soda bottles with corks, I don't trust them long term, but they're good short term for sure.

jgln, we are talking about corking a screw top bottle which is safe for short term. Using the original screw top cap is not safe to do. I would never trust reusing those caps.
I know what you mean, they are just not meant for reuse, but after opening a bottle of wine with a screw cap I have never had one leak when laying them on their side in the refrigerator. The seal may not be as good as originally but is still pretty good. So as long as everything is clean and the use is short term I personally wouldn't worry too much about it. Again, with wine there is no pressure to work against the seal, all the pressure is to make the seal.
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what about finding a source for NEW caps?

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Google Stelvin and/or Alcan. They are the most widely used producer of screw caps for wine bottles. Not sure about getting small quantities though.

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I've re-used wine bottles with screw caps, I did have one leak, but that's one out of probably 20.

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