- Mar 16, 2023
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I've been using expensive swing-top bottles to bottle most of my wine, but I had an idea to try to reuse some of the bottles I get from the store. I thought about placing a wine bottle on top of a scissor jack and placing a solid piece of 2x4 on top of the cork (a #9) after I partially lodge it into the bottle. I would secure a ratchet strap around both the top of the 2x4 and the bottom of the scissor jack. Next, I would use channel locks to squeeze/compress the cork while cranking the scissor jack to lower the cork into the bottle. Does anyone have any thoughts on this idea? I figure it would work easier than some of the cheaper corking hand tools while also providing the ease of more expensive corkers. The only concern I have is that the glass bottle may shatter like a bomb, but I feel confident that the cork would deform first and it would be clear that the pressure is going onto the glass instead. I'll probably give this a try with some safety glasses, just wondering if anyone has ever tried anything similar.