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Old 05-07-2007, 02:52 AM   #1
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I just corked my first batch of wine today and got thinking and did a little research after the fact....

I used #8 corks, and a bench corker. I read that I could have used #9 corks with that corker to seal better.....Im guessing I'll be okay though?

More important question...I used first quality corks...was I supposed to soak these before using them???
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Old 05-07-2007, 03:31 AM   #2
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I corked some mead today (boy, were we both surprised!!). I presume it has to do with circumference.

I soaked mine overnight in sanitizing solution.
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Old 05-07-2007, 11:35 AM   #3
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Should I be okay if I didnt soak them? It that only done for the sanitizing purpose, or does it help seal.
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Old 05-07-2007, 12:11 PM   #4
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You're fine without soaking. I've read conflicting things about soaking/not soaking. The last few times I've just squirted some sulfite solution on them when I sanitized the bottles and they are fine.

I always use #8 corks, because I use a handcorker. For a floor corker, you should probably use #9 next time. They will be fine anyway. I'm hoping to buy a floor corker fairly soon. Bottling and corking 6 gallons of wine is a real pain with a hand corker.
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Old 05-07-2007, 12:27 PM   #5
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How funny. The men are trying to convince him to become a cork soaker, while the woman is saying he doesn't have to be...

She wants him to slide his dirty cork in the hole.
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The soaking has to do with making the cork softer and easier to push in than a "dirty cork"...always use protective and sanitary procedures and you'll end up with a better moan, er, whine, er, I mean wine...
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Old 05-07-2007, 01:36 PM   #7
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Yeah, I didnt do any kind of sanitizing on the corks....Hopefully the 13% abv will protect me. I'll just leave them as is then....I was thinking maybe I was going to pull them and recork all of them.

the floor corker worked sweet lorena. Definatly worth it if you do lots of wine.

Oh....I did soak my cork last night btw....LOL
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Old 05-07-2007, 01:51 PM   #8
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Quote:
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Oh....I did soak my cork last night btw....LOL

You must be very flexible then!
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