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    Preserving the cork on empty bottles?

    As I prepare to dump my rebarrel project (which still may be a month or two away), I have begun to collect some empties for the bottling.

    What is the best way to preserve the cork on an empty bottle? Should I keep some water in the bottle so the cork doesn't dry out? I am planning a follow-up rebarrel experiment with scotch and have a bottle waiting for that which may not be used for a year or two.

    Do I need to worry about any of these corks drying out from now until I put spirits into the bottle?

    Any knowledge is more than welcome and always appreciated.

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    Re: Preserving the cork on empty bottles?

    Easy. Best advice is, don't use corks. Use screw tops. Corks suck.

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    Re: Preserving the cork on empty bottles?

    I know. Show me a classy bottle with a screw top and I'll get it.
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    Re: Preserving the cork on empty bottles?

    You can try store the corks in water for some time to prevent them from drying out but you can also look around if there is a brewery, distillery or winery in your neighbourhood where you could ask around for help.Good luck !.Eric.

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    Re: Preserving the cork on empty bottles?

    I put used corks into Ziploc bags - more than once it has saved me when I came across a bad one.
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    Re: Preserving the cork on empty bottles?

    Quote Originally Posted by jinenjo View Post
    I know. Show me a classy bottle with a screw top and I'll get it.
    Weller 12
    Weller 107
    Old Charter 12

    These are attractive-looking bottles, relatively speaking, and all screwtops.

    Also, you can buy taster's corks from a homebrew supply shop pretty cheaply (the ones at my LHBS are $2.50/dozen).

 

 

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