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.