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Old 11-24-2009, 06:51 AM   #1
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I get free empty wine bottles at work, the bartenders that save them for me re-insert the synthetic corks into the bottles. Can the synthetic corks be reused if sanitised properly? Thanks for the input.

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Old 11-24-2009, 06:57 AM   #2
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Yes they can I am sure, but I really dont think you would want to. I think the seal they make in the bottle will be compromised. Just my opinion.

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You should never reuse corks for sanitary reasons.

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Old 11-24-2009, 01:24 PM   #4
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Never reuse corks. Even IF you can sanitize them, they were structurally comprimised when they were opened & are unfit for reuse. Regards, F.

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Eww....no.

And to add to that -- in case other people read this -- don't be cheap on this piece of the puzzle. As expensive as wines/meads/ciders can get and as precious few bottles as we get out of a batch, this is one area NOT to skimp on. Re-use bottles, use cheap buckets as fermenters if you must, but don't skimp out on the ONLY thing between your hard work and that hard work going down the tube.

Corks may be expensive, but next to the honey - this is one of the "ingredients" that is well worth the cost.

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I'm currently experimenting with a few zorks. That's an option if you don't have a corker.

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I'm currently experimenting with a few zorks. That's an option if you don't have a corker.
If you need to cork more than 5 bottles with zorks, use a mallet to drive them in- your hand will be sore if you don't.

I've also noticed that the bottles with the lip at the top are harder to get the zork on to and also harder to remove. I like the simplicity and the fact that you don't need a corker but IMO- I'll only use these in a bind.
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thanks for the replies. I have a corker and corks, I was more wondering for FYI...or is that FmyI

The bartenders save the corks thinking they might be re-used. I have not said anything, as I figure at least the bottles will be sealed until I can clean/sanitise them properly. Now I know...

FWIW, my father in law owns a liquor store. I worked for him for several years and learned quite a bit about the wine industry and recall there being some debate about synthetic versus natural corks. Not to hijack my own thread, but what are y'all's thoughts on this?

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Synthetics for aging under 2 years and I use Altec or natural cork for longer term.

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Old 11-25-2009, 03:29 PM   #10
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The wineries I've have contact with have gone over to synthetics 100%. They really like the zero spoilage rate, great for the bottom line and customer satisfaction.

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