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Old 03-06-2007, 04:12 PM   #1
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I have maybe a stupid question!!! My parents drink tons of wine so I have been saving their bottles. My question is, do all bottles have the same cork size? If not, then what is my option and how do I know their cork sizes? Also, do I need to store wine on it's side while it is conditioning, or can I keep them standing in the wine boxes I have and keep them at room temp which is around 68 or so all the time in our home.

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Old 03-06-2007, 05:52 PM   #2
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i know from experience that ice wine bottles take a smaller cork than regular wine bottles. i forced the regular corks in but it was a struggle
that said - every other wine bottle i have re-used has used the standard cork.
bottles need to be stored on their sides if using natural corks to keep them moist and tight fitting.
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Old 03-06-2007, 07:20 PM   #3
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Thanks so much for the reply!! I assume then I will go with synthetic since it seems a lot of people are saying those are great for long storage times verse regular corks. What is a standard size cork then?

 
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Old 03-06-2007, 11:06 PM   #4
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The standard cork is a # 9 I believe.
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Old 03-07-2007, 03:09 PM   #5
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Correct- but I use 8's if I can find them as they are easier to insert with a hand corker, and work for the smaller bottles. I have a few 375 ml bottles, as well as the 750 ml bottles. I also use Grolsch bottles for my "cheap" wine made from Welch's since I'm not aging it and drinking it fast.
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Old 03-25-2007, 04:58 AM   #6
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they are all pretty much the same I think, and you are right a #9 is the best cork, but awful to hand cork with, good luck on your wine making, cheers

 
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OK. How do you determine what size corks you have? I had no clue what I was doing when I bought mine and there aren't any markings on them or the packaging. All I know is that they went in pretty easily into 375 ml bottles.
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They were probably #8s if they were easy to insert in a small bottle (unless you're Hercules). The original packaging on mine (the ziplock bag at the homebrew store) had the numbers written on it with a sharpie.

If I had a floor corker, I would use #9 but with a hand corker it's got to be 8s for me!
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Old 04-13-2007, 04:42 AM   #9
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If I had a floor corker, I would use #9 but with a hand corker it's got to be 8s for me!
That is what my LHBS (or, me) recommends. #8 for a hand (wing) corker and #9 for a floor corker.

Oh, my local HBS also LOANS (not rents) the floor corker, to our customers. Whether or not you bought a wine kit from us.

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Old 04-13-2007, 08:34 AM   #10
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Also, do I need to store wine on it's side while it is conditioning, or can I keep them standing in the wine boxes I have and keep them at room temp which is around 68 or so all the time in our home.
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The reccomendation for corking bottles is stand them upright for the first three days. This allows the bottle to seal.

THen lay them on their sides and store them in a DARK and COOL place. 68 is OK, but cooler is better for long term storage. It is good to avoid any changes in temp. as well, a steady consistent temp. is best.

 
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