Close a wine bottle without corks

If a cork is moldy, broken, gone, or for other reasons no longer suitable for closing a wine bottle, there are alternatives. Popular for their decorative appearance are tapered plugs made of rubber, wood or metal. Also turn or clamp closures are suitable if they bring the necessary property.

Shutter only partially helps

After uncorking a bottle, the physical process of oxidation begins. The process called "breathing" is important in the first moment for the development of the wine. With increasing duration, however, it strains the taste and leads in the foreseeable future to "pleasure death".

The mere closing of a bottle of wine with opened contents only helps a little to slow down this process. Nevertheless, the oxygen supply should be stopped after closing bottles. The oxygen that enters the void in the bottle, however, continues its destructive work.

Types of closure and aids

Cone-shaped plugs

The decorative cones of glass, wood or metal have on the flanks usually incorporated rings made of rubber or plastic, to produce airtightness. Rubber gel plugs automatically bring along this property. Especially with metal models, the dead weight ensures a stable seat.

Caps with feathers

Metal heads with a shutter disc mounted on a spring are suitable for different types of bottles. For fixing two hinged side wings are attached. In order to achieve an airtight seal, the wings must be able to "snap" to glass beads. Not all wine bottles have the right beads.

Hook in teaspoons

As with other, especially carbonated, drinks, the secret of tucking a teaspoon into the open bottle neck is a physical "duck."

Plastic corks

As can already be seen with some uncorking, cylindrical plastic corks are also suitable as closures. However, a plastic cork pulled out of the bottle in many cases does not have the property of having a slightly smaller diameter turned over, as is almost always the case with natural corks.

Turned and screw cap

Similar to the caps, the possibility of attachment is crucial to prevent the supply of air. There are universal models, where a bottle bead on the neck of the bottle is sufficient to "grip" with the thread.

Tips & Tricks

You have to cut the air supply into the bottle. If you do not have a suitable tool available, you can also seal the bottle with "stuffed" leather or other dense fabric.

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