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Old 12-31-2012, 07:48 PM   #1
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So I just bottled my mead yesterday after adding sorbate and metabisulfite a couple weeks ago. I have had bottles stored at a downward angle (as you would for corks). Noticed today that a few of the caps are slowly leaking... like a couple had accumulated about a drops worth on the undersurface of the cap overnight. I have had the caps for a few years and used them a 3-4 times.

These are the kind of caps: "28mm PolySeal Screw Caps"
http://www.homebrewing.org/Polyseal-...mm_p_3131.html

So what is the best course of action? I was thinking about buying all new new caps and replacing all of them. This shouldn't ruin the batch, correct?

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Old 12-31-2012, 11:29 PM   #2
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Why store them upside down? That's just to prevent cork dry-up.

If you're planning on storing these for a while, you might want to cork them. It will probably oxidize quicker with these caps.

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You only need to store laying down when using natural corks, to prevent them from drying out. If you're using caps (of any kind) or synthetic corks, it's not needed.

I did just check my wine bottles. I can't see how these things could work on them...

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Only storing them like this because that is how my wine racks were built- to hold the wine sloping down.

You do need special bottles to use these caps. Caps are a lot easier than corks and I had read articles in the past saying that today's caps are just as effective as corks. The trouble is that I reused old caps :/

My real question is if it will hurt to replace all caps today or if I should only replace the ones that are noticeably leaking?

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Only storing them like this because that is how my wine racks were built- to hold the wine sloping down.

You do need special bottles to use these caps. Caps are a lot easier than corks and I had read articles in the past saying that today's caps are just as effective as corks. The trouble is that I reused old caps :/

My real question is if it will hurt to replace all caps today or if I should only replace the ones that are noticeably leaking?
I would replace them all with corks.
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Make sure you screw them down TIGHT by hand and store them standing up. I am assuming you are putting these and the right kind of bottlew and not just a random collection of different bottles you have been collecting for this batch? I just uncapped an 2008 dried elderberry mead using this very same cap, the wine was excellent, no oxidation, no leakage, so they are good for at least 5 years. Good Luck, you might to uncap the leakers, clean around the treads and cap again. Did you soak the caps in some KMeta before you used them? WVMJ



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So I just bottled my mead yesterday after adding sorbate and metabisulfite a couple weeks ago. I have had bottles stored at a downward angle (as you would for corks). Noticed today that a few of the caps are slowly leaking... like a couple had accumulated about a drops worth on the undersurface of the cap overnight. I have had the caps for a few years and used them a 3-4 times.

These are the kind of caps: "28mm PolySeal Screw Caps"
http://www.homebrewing.org/Polyseal-...mm_p_3131.html

So what is the best course of action? I was thinking about buying all new new caps and replacing all of them. This shouldn't ruin the batch, correct?
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I would replace them all with corks.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alterna...ure#Screw_caps
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Don't care, NOT going to put fun king screw caps on my bottles of mead. Besides, they're made for corks, not screw caps. I have no issue with laying [natural] corked bottles on their sides. I even have some synthetic corks (used them in my blackberry melomel as a test). But there's no fun king way I'm going to change over my bottles and use the low-class screw tops.
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Don't care, NOT going to put fun king screw caps on my bottles of mead. Besides, they're made for corks, not screw caps. I have no issue with laying [natural] corked bottles on their sides. I even have some synthetic corks (used them in my blackberry melomel as a test). But there's no fun king way I'm going to change over my bottles and use the low-class screw tops.
And despite all the advances in materials and closures, caps etc, if plastic and/or crimped metal caps are so effective, why does it seem that once you get past the budget bin in the wine store, all the better/best stuff is still capped with cork ?

Of course, it might be just a tradition thing, or practical cost consideration of new plant and accessories installation, or heaven forbid, because corks work....
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And despite all the advances in materials and closures, caps etc, if plastic and/or crimped metal caps are so effective, why does it seem that once you get past the budget bin in the wine store, all the better/best stuff is still capped with cork ?

Of course, it might be just a tradition thing, or practical cost consideration of new plant and accessories installation, or heaven forbid, because corks work....
Exactly. Corks have been used for millenia. IF they didn't work well, we wouldn't have 50+, or 100+ year old wines that are viable to go to glass. Granted, you need to properly care for the wines, but anyone that's serious about it will do so.

Personally, I won't buy a wine that's not corked.

As mentioned, all my bottles are made for corks. I'm not about to replace them just so I can put screw caps on them. I'm actually getting ready to get a new floor corker (sold my old one) so that I can cork more things. I'll be able to cork champagne bottles with the new one. So I could use those bottles, for even better presentation. Even if what's in them is not carbonated.
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