The Great Bottle Opener Giveaway

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Bottling Question

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 08-19-2010, 01:22 AM   #1
msudawgs267
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 8
Default Bottling Question

I was over at a friends and we were finishing bottling up and we had about 2 beers worth of bottling left to do and ran out of bottles. So as an experiment we used a 1 wine bottle for the last 2 and re-corked (just pushed the cork all the way back down) it just to see what would happen. What can we expect? Could this actually work? Or was this the most rookie mistake of all time?

__________________
msudawgs267 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-19-2010, 01:24 AM   #2
BigB
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Shelby Twp, MI
Posts: 1,760
Liked 41 Times on 36 Posts
Likes Given: 41

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by msudawgs267 View Post
I was over at a friends and we were finishing bottling up and we had about 2 beers worth of bottling left to do and ran out of bottles. So as an experiment we used a 1 wine bottle for the last 2 and re-corked (just pushed the cork all the way back down) it just to see what would happen. What can we expect? Could this actually work? Or was this the most rookie mistake of all time?
Should work just fine as long as there wasn't too much headspace. Many European brews are bottled that way in 750ml bottles.
__________________
I love the sound of an airlock bubbling in the morning. It sounds like.....VICTORY.

Quote:
Originally Posted by TxBrew
It's now degenerating into nu uh and uh huhs and it no longer serves a point.
BigB is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-19-2010, 02:03 AM   #3
pwndabear
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: buffalo, ny
Posts: 989
Liked 23 Times on 20 Posts
Likes Given: 62

Default

how much priming sugar did you use for how large of a batch?

The only thing i could think that may be an issue is if the cork is not securely fit, the carbonation could *potentially* blow the cork right out.

__________________
pwndabear is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-19-2010, 02:10 AM   #4
Zooom101
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Florida
Posts: 89
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

One of three things may happen.

1. The beer carbonates fine and you drink it two weeks later and wonder: why was I so worried?

2. The cork is blown from the bottle. No harm done.

3. The bottle explodes.


As far as I know there is a difference between wine bottles and champagne bottles. Wine isn't carbonated and therefore doesn't need a bottle that can withstand the same pressures that a beer or champagne bottle must withstand. If your cork doesn't blow, there is a chance that your bottle will. If I were you, I would tape the cork on with duct tape, put the bottle in several plastic bags, and see what happens. Let it be an experiment. You may get some good beer out of it.

__________________
Primary: Robust Porter from BCS.
Bottled/Kegged: Crappy Bock (my first brew!), IPA, Manny's Octoberfest, Paulaner Hefe-weizen clone (my first all-grain!), Ed's Honey Oatmeal Stout, Dos Equis clone, Pumpkin Spice Ale (my first ruined batch), American Red Ale, Angel Wings from BCS, Edworts Apfelwein, American Wheat from BCS,Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from CYBI, Munich Madness from BCS.
Zooom101 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-19-2010, 02:13 AM   #5
msudawgs267
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 8
Default

We didn't add priming sugar to each individual bottle we boiled down the standard 5oz. for a 5 gallon batch and mixed it in while transferring the non-carbonated beer to the bottling 5 gallon drum. I was worried about the same thing but we jammed it down in there pretty far, so I guess we will wait and see.

__________________
msudawgs267 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-19-2010, 02:14 AM   #6
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Upper Michigan
Posts: 60,044
Liked 4202 Times on 3059 Posts
Likes Given: 779

Default

Oh, we're talking BOOM. The cork will probably pop out before the the bottle explodes, though.

If you pushed a cork in with your bare hands, it's not the least bit airtight so it'll pop off as soon as any carbonation builds so I think the probability of the bottle exploding is less than 30%.

A couple of reasons- one, wine bottles aren't designed to hold pressure, so the glass will give pretty easily. Two, corks aren't designed to hold pressure at all, so they'll blow off pretty easily. Number two will happen before number one, so you shouldn't have glass shards all over the place.

If you want to cork in wine bottles, you could use champagne bottles and champagne corks with wire cages. Otherwise, BOOM!

__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006
Yooper is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
bottling question why use a bottling wand? sheldon123 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 26 01-10-2013 07:44 AM
Bottling question JimFowler Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 5 02-26-2010 07:39 PM
Yeast question + bottling question kansastransplantvictim Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 2 09-30-2009 04:14 AM
Question about bottling day Thirdeye Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 12-27-2007 05:50 AM
one last question before bottling ethangray19 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 01-01-2007 05:52 AM