Originally Posted by huesmann
If I have a bag of corks of unknown provenance (i.e. not factory sealed), I just dunk them in a cleanser solution before corking. If they're factory sealed, I don't bother.
I do something very similar. In a factory sealed bag, I just use them. But I never ever soak corks! Or worse, boil them.
What I do if the corks are "of unknown provenance" (love that expression huesmann!) I make a cork humidor to sanitize the corks without getting them wet.
All I do is use about 1/4 cup of water, and a couple of crushed campden tablets in a one cup glass measure, and boil that in my microwave for about 1 minute. DON'T inhale over this!!!!!! Then, place that cup of sulfite solution in a bowl and put the corks around the cup inside the bowl and put a lid on the bowl. That way, the corks sort of "steam" in a sulfite rich container without getting wet. I then go ahead and get my bottling stuff ready and sanitize my bottles and stuff, then just use the corks out of that bowl.
I hope that makes sense!