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Bottling wine

Do I need to pretreat the corks before using?

I’ll be interested in seeing what the experts will say, because I’ve only done two batches of wine. However, I did soak them in starsan, and then in metabisulfite solution before corking. I did the same for the bottles.

I’m not an expert, but I don’t bother doing anything with the corks before inserting them. Haven’t had a problem, as long as they’re new in the bag. Assuming your sulfite levels are correct when you bottle, the wine itself should be a pretty good sanitizer.

Now if the bag of corks has been sitting open for awhile, all bets are off. I’ve heard of people putting the dry corks in a bowl inside a bucket with some k-meta solution so that the SO2 offgassing from the water helps kill whatever may be living on them. But a properly attenuated wine should be pretty effective at sanitizing.

Anyone see the soaka da cork video from SNL

I just watched it!

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