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nursekuba :

I have a problem removing the corks from wine bottles if they use plasticy/rubbery corks (not natural corks). I have a wonderful corkscrew that you screw into the cork and then these little levers get pulled down and it removes the cork. Problem is, that doesn't work most of the time with the plasticy/rubbery corks. Instead, the screw just pulls out, leaving the cork in there. I try over and over again, and sometimes I don't get anywhere. Just now I got it out about 1/2 an inch before the screw pulled out and managed pull the cork out the rest of the way with pliers. With the natural corks, the corkscrew works like a charm. Any suggestions?

Mr Answerman :
"Stop buying wine with those plasticy/rubbery corks !"
Chef Mark :
"It sounds like you simply need a different cork screw. They are not all created equal and some do remove the corks better than others. Believe it or not, I've found the most reliable corkscrew to be the one on my Swiss army knife. ________________________________"
Joe :
"Stop buying cheap wine."
stephen k :
"Perhaps if you get one of those tined cork removers. It has thin blades that you wiggle between the cork and the bottlethen twist out"
Foster S :
"Synthetic closures can be more difficult in general than cork. If your wing corkscrew has an auger type worm than can contribute by just "digging" a hole in the closeure. You will generally do better with a pigtail style worm which when inserted is more secure and much less likely to slip. The wing type pullers are made in both styles. Good luck and cheers! PS: Don't be afraid of screw tops there are LOTS of good wines finished with them."
hollywoodmelody :
"Instead of using the corkscrew your using go back to the old fashioned corkscrew and twist the bottle instead. The plastic corks sweat and you are fighting against the bottle and the cork."
Rina Wang :
"Some winemakers started using the synthetic corks to avoid the contamination of the wine caused by TCA-contaminated corks. I have to agree that sunthetic corks are very hard to handle. But there are different types of corkscrews to use. Rated as the best by almost all professionals is the WAITER's CORKSCREW. This is the conventional corksrew except that it is double action. The first action pulls the cork halfway; then, the second action pulls the cork all the way by a very simple hand movement as you manipulate the corksrew. It may sound complicated as I explain it, but it is really easy once you have the waiters corksrew. Another handy gadget is call RABBIT (looks like bunny ears). It may be a little pricy but it works real easy."
duckredbeard :
"The problem is that "wonderful corkscrew" you have. If it isn't removing the cork, it isn't "wonderful." Shiny handles, moving parts, and an expensive price tag doesn't do the job. Simplify your life...Fine wine comes in bottles with twist off caps. MD 20/20, Wild Irish Rose, Night Train. Don't forget the Cisco! No need for a special gadget for the good stuff."
Gabi ? :
"buy a double lever corkscrew at your liquor store, it gets the job done, they are about 10.00."
dls.carib :
"Get used to synthetic corks. We have done a pretty good job of destroying the trees that produce the bark for corks. My all out favorite corkscrew is the waiter's corkscrew try to find one with a wide enough shelf to just fit over the lip of the bottle, too big and it will impede the cork removal, too small it will slip and possibly break the neck. If you can find one with a serrated knife grab a couple there cheap. Hint: When you put your hand around the neck of the bottle, brace your thumb against the "fulcrum" (the silver part that has the shelf) and apply pressure as you pull the cork out. What you are doing is keeping the corkscrew somewhat straight up and down."
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hi, i am planning to uncork and recork a bottle of champagne around 100 times in the next month or so, for research purposes. the bottle will not contain champagne, but rather a cheaper bubbly liquid, seltzer water, so disregard how any of these actions affect the "quality of liquid", as no one is going to drink what's inside. i'm planning to to recork the bottle by hammering the cork in. don't worry about pieces of cork falling in. should i use a plastic cork or a wood cork? which of these types of corks is most reuseable and easiest to recork with using a hammer? and does the cork material affect the speed it shoots off the bottle at if i pop the bottle of champagne? like would a plastic cork pop off slower than a wood cork?

kako :
"Use a plastic cork. It probably won't fall apart after 100 times. A real one will."
ems42873 :
"I think plastic would be the way to go. It's easier to recork and it won't lose it's shape after you use it to recork the bottle 100 times. Good luck!"
keltweet :
sdwillie :
"Why? I assume you mean a plastic champagne cork and not a rubberized wine cork. If you hammer the plastic cork hope it breaks before the bottle does. You can't hammer a natural wood champagne cork into a bottle-once it's removed they expand to 2-3 times the width of the bottle and need to be squeezed back into the smaller shape. Besides, natural wood cork is bouncy. If you insist on hammering one please use a ball-peen hammer rather than a claw hammer so that you only need ice instead of stitches. A champagne cork pops because fermentation creates a pressure equal to about 7 atmospheres. A slower or faster pop indicates a lack of pressure caused by a leak and has nothing to do with the cork material. There will be no second pop. Bottled seltzer water, champagne and sparkling wine all are at highest pressure becuase they haven't been opened. Seltzer is bottled under pressure, true champagne ferments in the bottle with the released gasses trapped, and sparkling wines are made using both methods. Some sparkling wines are called champagne, but the main difference is where they're from (Champagne is the region in France where champagne was first made) although there is now another difference, tradition. All of which means one thing-call it what you want, every bit of pressure is waiting to escape when the bottle is opened, and every bit of pressure gets out right away. If you make seltzer water it's lost it's pressure as soon as it comes out of the seltzer bottle, and will not create high pressure in a bottle."
Bexcy :
"Having to cork and uncork wine bottles all the time... the plastic corks slide out fast and are very easy to use. Obviously, they don't disentigrate as fast as the natural cork. So you can use them over and over again. Cheers"
sayliffe :
"This question depends entirely on what you are trying to research. First champagne and seltzer have different levels of carbonation. co2 is added to water to make seltzer water while the bubbles in champagne result from a different chemical reaction. If this doesnt matter to you both corks can be reinsurted using a hammer but if you are planning on reinsurting it over a hundred times the no plastic cork will fall apart. However a plastic cork is different than a cork. Cork has holes in it which allows air to come in and out so especially after you tamper with it it will cause a different result in your research than a palstic one. Your best bet is to try it with both things such as the weight of the cork and holes in the cork are going to provide different results"
nancythemysterysolver123 :

Hey, I want to hang cork board, but we are currently renting so my parents won't put more holes in the walls. Do they sell sticky-back cork, or could cork board tiles possibly be taped? Please help.. thanks!

Mrs.F :
"They sell this putty stuff you can stick to the back of it and then it sticks to the wall"
walkerbunnie :
"You can buy double sided sticky tape at any hardware store. It works great."
pooh bear :
"Mounts with Command Adhesive removable fasteners—hold on strongly, yet come off cleanly without damaging walls. No nails or screws needed. ..."
GardeningGurl :
"I think tape will make more mess coming off than nails. go for that blue sticky stuff or 3M sticky backed hooks, the kind that are easily removed w/o mess Don't use double sided tape it'll make a heck of a mess when you try to take it off"
MagPookie :
"Go to Staples. They sell all kinds of cork- rolls, tiles, etc. Go to the tape isle and get some double-sided self adhesive foam. It comes in a roll. This stuff is stong and will hold the cork against a wall."
Carol H :
"Auto parts stores sell rolls of cork to use as gasket material. It comes 12" wide and up to 3 ft long. You can use a spray adhesive on the back of a poster and press the cork on it giving you a double duty poster(or photo)/cork board. You cxan also use double sided carpet tape to apply it but it can pull the paint off when you move, so attach it to the poster or the back of the door."


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Date: 2008-02-05 00:39:36

Despite, perhaps, the worse coached 4th quarter in super bowl history, the Giants managed to pull off the win against the Pats. Randy Moss has no Super Bowl ring. Tom Brady won’t be on the cover of GQ tomorrow.. The Dolphins are popping corks again. All is right with the world.

Date: 2008-02-05 00:39:36

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Date: 2008-02-05 00:39:36

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