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    I am about to buy a wine making starter kit, but have asmall collection of used bottles at home, can someone advise me please.........

    Can I re-use my branded empty wine bottles??? or do I have to buy clean , new bottles?

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    Quote Originally Posted by girl47 View Post
    I am about to buy a wine making starter kit, but have asmall collection of used bottles at home, can someone advise me please.........

    Can I re-use my branded empty wine bottles??? or do I have to buy clean , new bottles?
    As long as you sterilise them first you can use whatever bottles you like, and Wilko sell plastic reuseable stoppers. If you buy a Young's wine kit, it will include 6 tapered corks, which are easy enough to use, especially if you invest in a hand corker.
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    girl47. My OH makes the world's most gorgeous wine, (sadly not enough of it) but doesn't drink. Imagine how guilty I'd feel, slipping that bottle of red into my shopping on a Friday, if I couldn't say: "But Darling, It's only because I know you'll need the empties".

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    Rinse empties as soon as possible after emptying. Soak in a bowl of soapy water for 5 mins (I usually wait till there are a few) and wash as thoroughly as possible. Prior to bottling the wine, make up Milton or similar sterilising solution and fill bottles and leave for the required time. Milton is easiest as there is no need to rinse afterwards. Bottle your homebrew, cork, enjoy a glass or two.
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    yup - I save my empties and re-use them religiously.

    Had a fair amount of success using screw-caps too as I couldn't get the hang of corking.

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    Yes I also re-use wine bottles as well as beer bottles for my OH's beer which I also make. Only kit stuff but he enjoys it! When you've made your own wine, bottled it, labelled it and sweated on a seal they look really good enough to drink!! Good luck

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    Thanks everyone!!!!!!!!!!
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