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Old 02-06-2013, 06:27 PM   #1
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So how many of you soak the corks in sanizer for awhile, and then soak them in water before you cork the bottle? Or do you do it in the reverse. Also when I fill beer bottles, I usually use my bottle cleaner by spraying sanitizer in them, and then shaking the sanitizer out, and then fill it. Do you do the same with the wine bottles, or do you sanitize them, and the rinse out with water before you fill?



 
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:52 PM   #2
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So how many of you soak the corks in sanizer for awhile, and then soak them in water before you cork the bottle? Or do you do it in the reverse. Also when I fill beer bottles, I usually use my bottle cleaner by spraying sanitizer in them, and then shaking the sanitizer out, and then fill it. Do you do the same with the wine bottles, or do you sanitize them, and the rinse out with water before you fill?
My personal bottling routine is:

Make a sanitizing batch of kmeta and water.

Pour some into my bottle rinser (I use the Ferrari Aavinator) which recirculates the sanitizer solution.

Use the rest of the kmeta solution to soak my corks in for at least 15 min. Dunking them a few times to get the solution all over the cork. I take a cork out of the solution just as I go to put it in the bottle.

Rinse all my bottles with the bottle rinser, then hang them upsidedown to drip dry.

Sanitize all my equipment with Star San (bottling bucket, hoses, etc.)


Bottle!



 
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:11 PM   #3
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Ok I use IODOPHOR BTF Sanitizer, about 1/2 tsp, into my pitcher with 2 quarts of luke warm water. Then dump some of that into my bottle rinser, the type you push the bottle down on and it shoots sanizer into it. I could then soak the corks in the pitcher.

I currently don't have a bottle tree, so I usually just push the bottles down 4 or 5 times, then shake the beer bottles upside down a few times, to get as much out as possible. I figured a few drops left in the bottle shouldn't hurt anything.

 
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:17 PM   #4
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Don't soak your corks! You'll ruin them.

I have been making a mini-cork "humidor" to sanitize mine.

I take one campden tablet per gallon of wine and boil up 1/2 cup of water and add the crushed campden tablets and stir well. I put that in a larger container (the liquid still in the cup) and then put the corks around it and put on the lid. The corks sit in that steamy sulfite environment while I sanitize the bottles.

Then, I dump the sulfite solution into my bottling bucket, and rack the wine into it. I let the corks sit where they are, until I use them.

It's worked great for me, just like that, for about 20 years.
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:30 PM   #5
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Don't soak your corks! You'll ruin them.
Could you elaborate on what you mean? So if you soak them for 15 minutes, what is the issue?

 
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:04 PM   #6
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Bottles,

- Spray starsan on my tree.
- Use a bottle sanitizer filled with starsan on every bottle, dipping the necks, place on tree.
- Let drain 10 min.

Corks,

Depends on the style, if it's a wine I don't plan on storing past a year I use cheap agglomerated corks and I don't do anything to them, I just fire them in the bottles.

If I'm planning on ageing the wine I use #9 solid corks which don't go into bottles dry nearly as easy as an agglomerated cork. I take a cup of hot tap water, stir in some soduim metabisulfite and dip each cork before corking.

 
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:09 PM   #7
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I currently don't have a bottling tree, that's on my future list. That's why I meantioned just shaking them upside a few times. I don't imaging this wine lasting a year The corks I have are #9(9 x 1 1/2) Micro-Agglomerated Wine Corks.

 
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:17 PM   #8
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I currently don't have a bottling tree, that's on my future list. That's why I meantioned just shaking them upside a few times. I don't imaging this wine lasting a year The corks I have are #9(9 x 1 1/2) Micro-Agglomerated Wine Corks.
Buy a tree, you won't regret it...and grab a vinator that fits on top to sanitize your bottles. Makes bottling less of a chore.

 
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:33 PM   #9
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sorry had to post it! ha ha ha!
soak the cork!

 
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:40 PM   #10
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I was told to soak my corks to get them to ~5% moisture, which is just barely compressible by hand. Why do you say not to soak them Yooper?



 
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