How to prepare your corks for bottling: If you are using a high-quality floor corker there is no need to soak or sulfite any corks. Simply insert them dry. (NB: see note about dry corks below) However, a quick dip in sulphite solution and an equally quick rinse is OK also.
How do you seal a bottle cork?
What to do with corks before bottling?
Soak your corks for one to two hours, then give them a thorough rinse in warm water before corking your wine bottles. If your corks are treated, however, then they’ll be ready to go straight out of the box.
Should I sanitize wine corks?
Not only should the wine corks be sanitary, but they should be softened just enough to allow your corker to put them in the wine bottle with ease. There are two basic ways to go about sterilizing and softening wine corks: This first involves submerging the corks in a solution of sodium metabisulfite and cold water.
Can I put a cork back in a wine bottle?
Do you have an open bottle of wine you would like to finish later? Here’s a convenient tip to recork a bottle. An easy way to put the cork back in a bottle of wine is to wrap the bottom in plastic wrap first. The plastic glides easily against the glass bottle and the cork slides right back in.