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Old 09-13-2011, 04:57 PM   #1
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Why do they use corks in wine bottles?
Does it let any excess gas release?

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You bottle it once the yeast is stopped. If gas builds up it'll pop the cork or explode the bottle.



I mean that was a liquor bottle but I've had it happen with wine bottles too.

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Old 09-13-2011, 06:57 PM   #3
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If you still have some gas in the bottle and it doesn't bust or blow the cork. What will happen? Will you have sparkling wine lol... or will it eventually go away?

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If you still have some gas in the bottle and it doesn't bust or blow the cork. What will happen? Will you have sparkling wine lol... or will it eventually go away?
If you have gas in the bottle, or fermentation hasn't fully completed, usually the corks pop out before the bottle blows up.
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If it doesn't burst (or pop) then it will be carbonated like champagne.
(assuming that you have active yeast and fermentation was incomplete)

If you are just talking about dissolved C02 from fermentation but no active yeast, it will be the level of carbonation that it was when it was put in the bottle. It won't just go away, but it won't increase either.

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Bump. I don't think the OP's original question has been answered? Why it wine typically corked as opposed to crown capped like beer?

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No real reason except tradition. Some will give you a "micro-oxygenation" lecture, but threaded caps and plastic corks are taking to mainstream wine making. It won't be too long before that is normal and corks will be found only on "boutique" wines.

The reason most home winemakers use corks is cost. They are cheap and require only a cheap device to install them.

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No real reason except tradition. Some will give you a "micro-oxygenation" lecture, but threaded caps and plastic corks are taking to mainstream wine making. It won't be too long before that is normal and corks will be found only on "boutique" wines.

The reason most home winemakers use corks is cost. They are cheap and require only a cheap device to install them.
Long-term wine storage predates long-term beer storage, so corking is a low-tech, traditional method. I've seen jugs similar to what we call growlers today that used corks and like growlers, these were mainly to prevent spillage while carrying the brew home.
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Ok. Thanks! Good to know. So I can use my beer caps & capper to bottle my wine until I get my hands on a corker.

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Ok. Thanks! Good to know. So I can use my beer caps & capper to bottle my wine until I get my hands on a corker.

That is a good idea if you already have the stuff, but a corker is pretty cheap and so are corks.
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