Originally Posted by shoebiedoo
I know many folks have used synthetic corks with an Italian floor corker with out any issues. I believe it's only the Portuguese floor corker that seems to scratch them.
Apparently both corkers will do this to some very specific synthetic corks.
I had ran out of corks when I started to bottle (I know, I know...) so I picked some up from a local shop. All they had were some unmarked synthetics but I figured these would get me through until I got some more of my usual ones. Anyway, these unknown synthetics "seep".
Some of the online shops have warnings regarding their synthetics which state not to use "either" floor corker for scratch concerns. They recommend a hand operated corker and suggest you bring a friend to hold the bottle... really!
Anyway, I plan on spritzing the bottle with ethanol prior to pulling the existing cork, hitting it with a small shot of argon, and replacing the cork. If anyone has any better ideas I'd appreciate them sharing....