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Old 03-31-2009, 03:07 PM   #1
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Default 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!

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Old 03-31-2009, 03:28 PM   #2
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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.

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Sounds like a reason to make some apfelwine.

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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...

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Old 07-24-2013, 05:36 PM   #5
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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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