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Old 01-15-2007, 10:18 PM   #1
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Can you re-use corks?

Are there certain kinds that can and certain ones that can't?

If so, how many uses can you expect to get out of a cork?

Sorry for the newbie question. Just wasn't sure how much damage a corkscrew actually does to a cork.

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Old 01-15-2007, 10:55 PM   #2
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i believe corks are for single use only
the plastic champagne type could probably be re-used since no corkscrew is used to remove them


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Right- corks (even synthetics) are single use only. Not just because the corkscrew tears them up (it does) but because it has to be new to be compressible to get it in the bottle in the first place. Even older new corks get hard and can't be used.

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Old 01-16-2007, 12:14 AM   #4
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Since we're on the subject of corks, what do I need to do with them prior actually shoving them in with a corker? I'll be bottling up my Belgian into champagne bottles and wiring them shut in a month or so.
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dont' know if its right or wrong but i dip mine (corks that is) in star san for a minute before corking
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dont' know if its right or wrong but i dip mine (corks that is) in star san for a minute before corking
That's good to know that you are a cork dipper rather than a cork soaker.
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Thanks for the info!
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That's good to know that you are a cork dipper rather than a cork soaker.
Nice...you called him a cork-soaker.
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Nice...you called him a cork-soaker.
No, I said it was nice that he was a cork dipper. Here's more info on cork soakers.

http://www.funrestarea.com/pages/cork_soaker.shtml
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Right- corks (even synthetics) are single use only. Not just because the corkscrew tears them up (it does) but because it has to be new to be compressible to get it in the bottle in the first place. Even older new corks get hard and can't be used.

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Good information. I always thought it was because of the damage done by the cork screw.


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