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  1. #11
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    Re: Cork rot? How can you be sure?

    Good thread of info. Thanks for the "corked" insights. Knock wood I haven't had bad cork issues...yet.
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    Re: Cork rot? How can you be sure?

    I had an old RHF with the cheesy gold chain once that had clearly been improperly stored for an extended period of time. There was substantial leakage and it tasted like cork-infused bourbon. Nasty stuff. Not technically corked in the wine sense but still befouled by it.
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    Re: Cork rot? How can you be sure?

    I know I'm a little off subject but this is cork related. I had an old scout cork shrink up on me. Been enjoying a pour from time to time over at least 6 months and this last week I went back to it. The cork had shrunk up to the point that I wasn't sure it sealed. The bottle is over half full and I don't believe it had evaporated yet but got me worried. I swapped out the cork and promptly checked all my bottles. This was the only one thank God. Anyone else experience this?

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    Re: Cork rot? How can you be sure?

    Shrinkage is pretty common in cold weather.

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    Re: Cork rot? How can you be sure?

    Quote Originally Posted by Josh View Post
    Shrinkage is pretty common in cold weather.

    nice..................

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    Re: Cork rot? How can you be sure?

    Quote Originally Posted by Josh View Post
    Shrinkage is pretty common in cold weather.
    Thanks for the personal info...now what about the whiskey?

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    Re: Cork rot? How can you be sure?

    Quote Originally Posted by Josh View Post
    Shrinkage is pretty common in cold weather.

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    I was expecting that comment!

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    Re: Cork rot? How can you be sure?

    Quote Originally Posted by dreasoner View Post
    I was expecting that comment!

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    Re: Cork rot? How can you be sure?

    I went ahead and swapped the cork out with another from a bottle of Balvenie Doublewood. Here's a pic for reference though: IMG_20140126_182922.jpg

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    Re: Cork rot? How can you be sure?

    Quote Originally Posted by dreasoner View Post
    I know I'm a little off subject but this is cork related. I had an old scout cork shrink up on me. Been enjoying a pour from time to time over at least 6 months and this last week I went back to it. The cork had shrunk up to the point that I wasn't sure it sealed. The bottle is over half full and I don't believe it had evaporated yet but got me worried. I swapped out the cork and promptly checked all my bottles. This was the only one thank God. Anyone else experience this?
    I currently have 2 open bottles with this problem, one with a synth-cork (JPS18), and one with a traditional cork (ETL). On both bottles I get a good cork seal, until when the wood cap reaches to about 1/8-inch above the top of the glass neck. If I apply anymore pressure, the cork loses all resistance, and "CLACK!" goes the cap against the glass, and the cap/cork just rattles around in the neck of the bottle. I just pull the cork up until I get some resistance, and that's how I keep those bottles sealed. Hasn't affected the flavor of these bourbons at all, and I'm getting close to killing 'em, so I'm not too worried.

 

 

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