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    Hello! I am about to attempt to bottle some plum wine, I've dutifully saved some used wine bottles, but realise after buying corks etc that they are almost all screw-top bottles. Can I cork these?? Googling has given me mixed answers and some people say the bottle neck is a bit fragile and other say it's fine. Anyone tried it? Any thoughts??

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    I have put corks in them before with no problems, as long as the seal is tight and no air can get in.
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    • #3
      i agree with burnie as long as its sealed from the air outside ,thats fine , do the bottles look flimsy or chunky to you ?
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      • #4
        I've never had a problem.

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          Thanks all, I think I'll just give it a go then! They don't look like especially flimsy bottles to me (just bog standard ones you buy full of wine ) so hopefully will be fine. I will maybe check one before adding the plum wine to check the fit though!
          Last edited by w33blegurl; 14-08-2019, 05:45 PM.
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          • #6
            Screw cap bottles can break at the neck if corked replacement screw caps can be obtained online from Inn House Brewery. I will be using them this year.

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            • #7
              I've been brewing for 50+ years. To start off with wine was kept in demijohns, then corked bottles. Nowadays I put screwtops in sterilising solution in the bath together with the original tops. I haven't had a bottle go off yet.

              Anyway the reason for my post. I started a kit off 6 days ago and it was very slow to start fermenting. It should have been racked off today for the first time but as I came down to a wine pond on the kitchen floor this morning, I think it needs another couple of days. I can't find my hydrometer so I have to play this by ear. No hydrometers when I first started. I'll wait until it subsides.

              I'm waiting to start another kit off but don't have enough buckets until I rack this one. This is alcohol to get me through the lockdown. I'm not an alcoholic but a keen homebrewer and I do like a nightcap.
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