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Old 01-07-2011, 10:42 PM   #1
Oct 2010
SW Ohio
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Well can they?? haha I got a bunch of free bottles and some of them were screw top wine bottles and I wanted to cork them when I bottle..

Can it be done??


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Old 01-07-2011, 10:53 PM   #2
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I had the same question myself - to answer it, I attempted to cork the bottles with nothing in them. I had a few that had very small necks, so would be easy to inadvertently dump the cork when uncorking, and may not seal as well with less neck "real estate," but otherwise, they all worked.
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Old 01-07-2011, 11:30 PM   #3
Oct 2010
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There are a couple of trains of thought with this.
1) physically, in most cases, it can be done
2) it doesn't have the greatest presentation, if that's not an issue for you, then ok
3) the glass at the threads is more prone to breakage, be careful
4) getting the cork out can sometimes be a problem because you don't have the thick glass to pry against.

I don't use any screwcap bottles myself for these reasons, but I've got enough of the standard bottles to suit my needs. Only you can decide if it's worth the expense or effort to get cork wine bottles.

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Old 01-17-2011, 09:45 PM   #4
Jan 2011
Austin, TX
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I recycle all of my screw top bottles people donate. I have never tried to cork a screw top, but I've been warned that the screw top bottles aren't thick enough around the cork to support the pressure of the cork and may crack or shatter.

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Old 01-20-2011, 03:06 PM   #5
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I've corked screw type wine bottles with no issues. I try to avoid them just for the presentation but if I need bottles I use them.
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Old 01-20-2011, 04:15 PM   #6
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Can be done, yes.

Probably shouldn't be done, unless it's a last resort.

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Old 01-21-2011, 03:02 AM   #7
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Don't be a chicken, I have used them many times without fail. Never had one break or crack at all. I use them in the winery for holding samples to test at different temperatures before I blend the wines.
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Old 05-20-2016, 03:05 AM   #8
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I have read the biggest problem with reusing the screw on caps is them sealing...What if you prep the cap by boiling it and then screwing it on and using sealing wax to dip the bottle neck in?

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Old 05-20-2016, 03:50 AM   #9
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We have a customer that uses these to do exactly that.

The opening has to be the "t cork" size the same size as a "normal" corkable (sp) wine bottle but they do it with success.

Good luck. I am happy to send you a couple to try if you want to pay the shipping.

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Old 05-28-2016, 08:12 PM   #10
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I have done it several times with no problem at all.

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