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shagington 03-31-2009 02:07 PM

Can you cork beer in wine bottles?
This may be a silly question, but I stumbled onto lets just say 2 dozen cases of empty wine bottles from a wine dinner we had at work. Now I don't make wine, but I thought, "Just maybe I can cork my beer in these bottles!!!" I just wanted to know, is this possible? These bottles seem as thick as, lets just say a standard Samuel Adams bottle, which holds up pretty nicely for my beer. If I buy the synthetic corks will that help to seal in the CO2? Thanks for the help!

david_42 03-31-2009 02:28 PM

Wine bottles are not designed to hold pressure, nor are wine corks. Only champagne bottles and corks. You could probably use them for 'real' ales that are not carbonated.

camiller 03-31-2009 02:53 PM

Sounds like a reason to make some apfelwine.

Gordie 04-01-2009 03:38 AM

Short answer - no. Pressure issues with the cork and the glass design mean that if you can figure out a way to force the cork to remain in the bottle you end up with a bottle that has an unacceptable chance of exploding. Get your work to host some champagne dinners or grolsh dinners or something...

Honda88 07-24-2013 04:36 PM

I would too much rather use my floor corker and a #9 cork for beer instead of capping but I am guessing the bottles would have to be pretty sturdy and you would run the risk of the cork pushing out with enough pressure I guess its possible.

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