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mpetty 12-16-2005 05:39 PM

Using corks
I have a plethora of wine bottles that I would like to use as gifts. They have no lip, so they are uncappable. Is there anything I need to be aware of when using corks? Can I get away without waxing them?

AHammer16 12-16-2005 06:45 PM

You want to put beer in them? I think the carbination would push a straight cork out of the bottle and i dont think the wax will resist the pressure well enough. But that is why champagne producers use diffrent bottles that accept a cork and a wire bale. I however am just speaking off the top of my head.
I have seen posts in here from mead makers that placed their mead in bottles too soon and the fermentation broke the bottle but did not expell the cork.

Mr.T 01-14-2006 09:28 PM

When I buy Ommegang bottles they are corked but they also have an extra metal dohickey that holds the cork in and twists arount the top of the bottle.

I'm too much of an amature to tell you that it won't work, but my guess is that it would be too much pressure.

Tony 01-14-2006 09:51 PM

Yup, your corks would have to be wired on to keep them from popping out. Ive seen many a beer sold in large wine type bottles, so it is possible. How to home wire them...I havent a clue.

Denny's Evil Concoctions 01-14-2006 11:52 PM

Regular wine bottles will break even if you do wire the ocrks. You have to use chapagne (sparkling wine) bottles and wire them down.

Tony 01-14-2006 11:58 PM

Good point on the bottles!

homebrewer_99 01-15-2006 01:26 AM

A couple other things to consider when using champagne bottles:

1. Be certain the fermentation is complete before bottling.

2. If making carbonated brews use the wire bale AND lay the bottle on its side. With the bottle on its side the cork stays wet and expanded which keeps it sealed. Too many people stand their bottles up. That's a no-no.:(

3. If you are making a still wine or mead there should not be any pressure on the inside, but use the wire anyway for insurance.:D

I use my Grolsch bottles for meads. Yes, even the carbonated ones. I use 12 oz beer bottles for giveaways. No bottle grenades here.

kneemoe 01-17-2006 01:42 PM


Originally Posted by Mr.T
When I buy Ommegang

OMG, they let that out of the state?! :drunk:

cgravier 01-17-2006 05:48 PM

buy a corker and champagne bottles
i love the idea of using corks for beer. i just havent bought the equipment yet, i did bottle a beer in a really cool looking vinegar bottle that ended up exploding in my fridge.

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