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Andrew Pearce (68.225.195.30)
Posted on Sunday, January 11, 2004 - 04:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The recent thread on Unibroue beers got me thinking. I've been burning through Du Monde and Maudite like nobody's business lately and I've been saving the 750ml bottles. I'm soon going to bottle a batch of Chardonnay I made last year. My question is in regards to recorking these flare mouth 750ml bottles. Will they take a standard wine cork? Are all wine corks created equal (in size at least?). Forgive my ignorance, since this is the first batch of grape squeezins I've fermented.
Also, anybody in the Phoenix area got a corker I can borrow when the time comes?
TIA
--Andrew
 

Charles Xartman (24.194.156.166)
Posted on Sunday, January 11, 2004 - 07:25 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Information on this would be helpful to me too. I am planning to bottle a Dupont Saison clone in used Dupont 750ml bottles and am interested in the merits of corking versus using plastic champagne "corks."
 

Belly Buster Bob (142.177.95.228)
Posted on Sunday, January 11, 2004 - 08:19 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If you want your wine to last a while spend money on good corks. The local wine supply should be able to help you out with a corker rental, most here are free.
Corks are not created equal, in size or quality. There is much discussion on the net regarding this.
read this
http://www.winepress.us/corks.htm
 

matt_dinges (67.31.166.253)
Posted on Monday, January 12, 2004 - 03:43 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The Uni bottles will present a problem, I think...they need mushroom corks and cages. Maybe ordinary corks can still be caged???

The Dupont bottles can still be capped using 29mm caps. Does Northern Brewer still support this site? 'Cause they have the caps and a little bell for the cheap red-winged capper.

The plastic corks, from my experience, fit the american champagne bottles best...they will work for the 29mm Euro bottles, but you have to be careful they don't split. If they are done right, they are just as good as any bottle cap.
 

Mike Kessenich (165.189.92.23)
Posted on Monday, January 12, 2004 - 01:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

You only need cages if there's pressure, shouldn't be a problem with Chardonnay.
 

cheesehead (24.118.124.147)
Posted on Monday, January 12, 2004 - 01:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I know a guy who uses these bottles for wine with no problems. I never thought of saving them for wine. He didn't mention needing a special sized cork when I talked to him about it.
 

matt_dinges (67.31.166.225)
Posted on Monday, January 12, 2004 - 07:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

"You only need cages if there's pressure, shouldn't be a problem with Chardonnay."

True...guess I missed that.
 

KennyB (64.114.238.1)
Posted on Monday, January 12, 2004 - 08:31 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

OK, but how about those of us that are saving those bottles for their next belgian brew. My LHBS has those plastic mushroom corks and cages, but they're sold for champagne bottles. Does anyone know if the Unibroue bottles have the same size neck?

I'm going to try it and see how it works, but if anyone else has experience with these bottles/corks I'd be interested in how well it works.
 

matt_dinges (67.31.168.156)
Posted on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 - 01:49 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

No, the plastic champagne stoppers will not seal a Unibroue bottle. The only way to seal them is to use real cork.

The plastic stoppers are designed for American-type Champagne bottles...the kind that also accept a standard bottle cap. They will also work on the Euro champagne bottles, but care must be taken to ensure that they don't split as the Euro lips are slightly larger...the seal doesn't seem as tight, but I had most of my bottles retain carbonation. I find bottle caps are more practical, unless you want a real showy beer.

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