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Old 11-27-2012, 09:20 PM   #1
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Hey does anyone know if it possible to reuse/recork Belgium Style bottles?

I have a bunch of Lost Abby bottles and also Trappist bottles. All are the big 22 oz bottles. I really like the style and would love to put a batch of Belgium style ale into them.

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Yes. But you need a corker that can do it. There's plans on here from a copy of BYO magazine on how to modify one to do it.

http://www.byo.com/stories/beer-styl...rking-belgians

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Well looked all over. They only way to cork Belgium style bottles is to get a champagne corker. So ill just keep saving bottles and working on making a great Belgium Ale.

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I bought a colonna corker for Belgian and champagne bottles. It was pretty cheap and works great.

The cork and cage are more expensive than a cap but they look really nice.

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I bought a colonna corker for Belgian and champagne bottles. It was pretty cheap and works great.

The cork and cage are more expensive than a cap but they look really nice.
That's exactly the one in the article I posted.
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I bought a colonna corker for Belgian and champagne bottles. It was pretty cheap and works great.

The cork and cage are more expensive than a cap but they look really nice.
Really? I called Northern Brewer and they said no. If that's the case then I will totally buy the Colonna and get to work on a batch. Does the cork go in easily? Any more info would be great Looking forward to this.

You are using those mushroom corks and wire baskets? Also, how do you age the brew? Is it different than standard brews?

Thx guys, everything is appreciated.
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Also can you supply links to corks and baskets. Surprisingly my LHBS does not offer them.

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Really? I called Northern Brewer and they said no. If that's the case then I will totally buy the Colonna and get to work on a batch. Does the cork go in easily? Any more info would be great Looking forward to this.

You are using those mushroom corks and wire baskets? Also, how do you age the brew? Is it different than standard brews?

Thx guys, everything is appreciated.
Also can you supply links to corks and baskets. Surprisingly my LHBS does not offer them.
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Do you age Belgian bottles upright or on side like wine? Had a bottle tonight, aged upright for 6 mo and was a bit oxidized.

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Corks, cages, tool for winding the wire on the cages (to tighten them). I've also used the red floor corker on Belgian bottles with great success. You simply need to set the plunger depth to leave the right amount above the bottle lip. Just be sure to not leave too much above the lip, since that will make it harder to remove the bottle. I'm looking to get one of the champagne floor corkers, once I sell my red floor corker. That way, it will be easier to cork any bottle I want to use.

BTW, Northern Brewer has the corks and cages, plus the floor corker. Rebel has everything except the tool to wind the cage wires. I tried using a screwdriver the first time, sliced my fingers pretty good on the cage tops (suckers are SHARP).
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