Originally Posted by gcdowd
So after getting my wine kit and making my first batch, I am getting ready to bottle. The corks I received with the kit (it was a gift) are just in a sealable plastic bag with no instructions. So, I'm not sure if I need to sanitize them. I'm guessing it's a good idea to anyway but what is the usual method? Boil them? Soak in star san or some other solution?
If they are in a sealed package, you can use them as is. Don't boil them! That will degrade them. You can spray them with star-san if you want.
When I have an opened package (I buy them in large amounts), I usually just make a "cork humidor" type set up to sanitize them. What I do is get 1/2 cup of hot water and crush a campden tablet into it. I still that in the microwave until boiling. Then I place the solution (still in the cup I boiled it in) into a bowl. I set the corks in there around the container with the sulfite solution, and cover it. Then I get my bottles ready and sanitize them. By the time I use the corks, they have been "steamed" by the sulfite and are ready to use.