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Old 11-16-2011, 07:14 PM   #11
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I dont want to hijack, but i feel like it slightly relates and dont want to start a new thread.

I save all of my 22 oz bottles, but was wondering if i could clean wine bottles and cork them will it be ok in preserving the beer? I have a ton of wine bottles and the 750ml size is only a little bigger than a 22 oz bottle, which is fine because i will still drink it all.

Is it cheap/easy to cork them or should i just stick with capping beer bottles?


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Old 11-16-2011, 07:29 PM   #12
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Pretty sure the carbonation will push the cork out, plus the bottles aren't usually made to withstand the pressure of carbonation. If you had cappable champagne bottles though, those would work!

But then you have to worry about the color letting too much light in and skunking your beer.


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Old 11-16-2011, 07:31 PM   #13
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I see. Oh well i can just use 22's. Thanks for the quick reply!
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Old 11-17-2011, 12:48 PM   #14
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There are bottles that are thicker and made for pressure. Champagne bottles, or even some of the newer large beer bottles can be corked. Some of them even accept a cap.

However, most of the beer I've seen with corks use a synthetic cork, or plastic cork. Regular cork is great for wine, but they must be kept sidewise to keep the cork from drying out. And they let in Oxygen, which is fine for most wines, but not so good for most beer.
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If you use Oxyclean, make sure you get the Oxycleen Free. It doesnt have the perfumes added.
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If you use Oxyclean, make sure you get the Oxycleen Free. It doesnt have the perfumes added.
If you rinse it well, I wouldn't think that the perfumes would be and issue?
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If you rinse it well, I wouldn't think that the perfumes would be and issue?
The question is why risk it. Its the same price. For glass its probably not as much of an issue as it would be for plastic bottles or buckets.
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If you had seen some of the stuff I have cleaned out of old bottles, you would think flood water was sparkling spring water. Stuff that makes you go " AWW HELL HOW'D THAT GET IN THERE?" just be careful and take your time cleaning them. CLOSE to clean is NOT clean enough. soak...bottle brush... rinse...visually inspect. make sure there isn't even a tiny speck of gunk left in em.
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I saw a guy on youtube bottling a Belgian with corks in dark green bottles. Brewing TV maybe. He also put those wire bales over the corks too. But I agree that I just can't see how it'd hold gas pressure unless stored at an angle at least.
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Belgian bottles are their own thing. They can't be capped by either size of cap, and take a special cork. Some people use the bales and some people don't, though I would definitely be using them if I had some, but corking is more work than I need. Give me a 22oz bomber or a champagne bottle any day.


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