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Old 05-18-2009, 11:55 PM   #1
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Default Synthetic corks a must for me?

I'm making mead, but figured I would get more attention in the wine section since it's not just about what's in the bottle.

I do not have a wine rack or any other way to store bottles on the side (nor do I plan to any time soon). Does this mean I have to use synthetic corks?


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Old 05-19-2009, 01:54 AM   #2
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Is there any good reason not to use synthetic?


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Old 05-19-2009, 02:00 AM   #3
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From the studies I've seen, synthetics are good for about three years, tops, before the wine or mead begins to oxidize.
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Old 05-19-2009, 02:05 AM   #4
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Let me add that (like beer) - I'm making this to drink.

Likely nothing will age beyond the 3 year mark until I find a way to store on the side anyway.

If synthetic works for upright storage (and is the ONLY solution for upright storage from what I can tell) - I guess that's it for me.
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Old 05-19-2009, 04:22 AM   #5
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I would probably go synthetic just because they are easier but I don't see what's so hard about storing them sideways.

1. Get bottle
2. Lay on side
3 That's it!
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You have a couple of other options though. You can use crown caps which provide about as good a seal as synthetics. There have been times when I've run out of wine rack space and I just put the bottles in a cardboard wine box and lay it on its side.
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I didn't think of just laying them in boxes on it's side, but I don't have the shelving room to lay individual bottles on their sides, so I will be putting in boxes and stacking them. I would imagine they're slightly stronger standing up than they are on the side.

I guess if it comes to having to lay them on the side, I can do that, I guess it's just that I prefer not having to do so if at all possible.
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One piece of 1 x 10 x 8' and one piece of 1 x 10 x 6' will make an easy to build "X" box wine rack. Storing on the side is easy.
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I lack the following items to do that:

1) Space
2) Skill

I'd buy one, but again the space issue is there but add in the money issue. It's not like I'm talking a batch or two - I love mead so much I plan to keep ~150-200 bottles on hand at any given time.
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For the price of 5 bottles of mead and 15 minutes research online you could build a wine rack that would take up 2'x2' of floor space....

Anyway, I don't think synthetic corks are the way to go. If you need to stand them up, I would go with crown caps and wax them. As stated above, they will last just as long without oxidation.


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