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Old 07-24-2012, 12:14 AM   #1
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So I soaked my corks for about 30-45 mins before bottling, and after about 3 weeks I get little bits of cork floating in my beautiful Cyser. Not that its totally detrimental, but it is rather annoying. Should I have soaked longer? Soaked at a specific temp? What did I do wrong?

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Old 07-24-2012, 05:02 AM   #2
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It may depend on your corks, but from everything I've read, you're not supposed to soak them long, if at all. I'm sure others will chime in.

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Old 07-24-2012, 04:21 PM   #3
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I only dip them in sanitizer for about 10 seconds. So far that has worked very well for me. No crumbly corks.

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Old 07-24-2012, 04:51 PM   #4
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Well if your using k-meta as your sanitizer, you can make a extra strong batch of sanitizing solution in the bottom of a bucket. Then suspend some corks above the solution in a mesh bag/strainer/etc and let the SO2 gas do the sanitizing.
But generally no you shouldn't be soaking, never boil your corks.

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The method I've used that seems to work pretty good and I believe Yooper also talked about something similar in other threads is I take a glass bowl and put a cup of boiling water and a crushed campden tablet in it, then I set another high side but smaller diamater bowl inside of that, place the corks in a single layer as best as I can around the inside of the dry bowl then plastioce wrap the top of the whole thing, it creates a nice steam bath for the corks then after 10-15 minutes I take it all apart and the corks hang out in the bowl til I use them.

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The method I've used that seems to work pretty good and I believe Yooper also talked about something similar in other threads is I take a glass bowl and put a cup of boiling water and a crushed campden tablet in it, then I set another high side but smaller diamater bowl inside of that, place the corks in a single layer as best as I can around the inside of the dry bowl then plastioce wrap the top of the whole thing, it creates a nice steam bath for the corks then after 10-15 minutes I take it all apart and the corks hang out in the bowl til I use them.

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I gas them with camden tabs for long term stuff or just a mist from starsan spray bottle for short term wines.

NO soaking, NO boiling

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Old 07-24-2012, 10:10 PM   #8
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I just spray mine with a home brew sanitiser i.e. 5 crushed campden tablets and 1 tsp of citric acid dissolved in 500 ml of water. That lives in a spray bottle and I just spray them, leave them for 2 or 3 minutes and then use them....

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Thanks, folks. That helps out a lot. Cheers

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