It depends...I've been reading lately that the best wines are now bottled without corks, but with screw-tops. I was just wondering what all you pros think of this?
My local supplier has screw caps like these:It depends...
1. are you planning to use screw cap bottles for your own wine? (After all, this is posted in a wine making forum.) if so, bad idea. there are no reasonably priced machines (that I am aware of) for properly applying a new screw cap. Some people re-use the original commercial screw cap, but I don't think they can be re-used very often.
2. are you asking about the wine in the liquor stores? to me, the closure doesn't make a difference to the quality of the wine. Of course, when I buy commercial wine, I try to buy wine in cork finish bottles, so that I can re-use them.
Polyseal caps are great caps. But they don't fit the majority of the commercial screw cap bottles. Believe me I've tried. Many many times.
I believe the 28mm caps should fir the 1.5 liter bottles. It did on the few I tried. I'm only using the screwcaps for excess that doesn't fill a bottle and will be using for the skeeter pee.I am bottling with 1.5 liter screw cap bottles and reusing the caps. But at some point I will need new screw caps. I understand the 28MM caps are for 750ml bottles and the 38MM caps are for 1/2 gallon and 1 gallon bottles. I only see one supplier selling a 30MM cap but I'm not sure if this is the correct size. Anyone know for certain? I guess I can get out a MM measuring stick and see what the cap measures.
Good advice. I bought a couple of different caps and they didn't fit any of my screwtop bottles. The threads just don't match up.Larry:
Get a couple each of the various caps before investing heavily. Since bottles are different, you will then know what works on YOUR bottles.
I just tried a 28mm polyseal cap on a 1.5 litre Wild Vines bottle. It ALMOST fits. Almost isn't good enough.
Yeah I know. I keep telling people that home brew shop caps don't fit commercial screw cap bottles. But these q's keep coming up.Good advice. I bought a couple of different caps and they didn't fit any of my screwtop bottles. The threads just don't match up.
There is an interesting article on this very topic in the latest issue of Discover magazine. Apparently cork can carry a chemical or bacteria (I'm old and I forgot which already) that can ruin wine. The wine producers complained to the cork producers, who did nothing, and it opened the door for the plastic corks that you see so often now.Australia and New Zealand are leading the way to screw tops. One sees a majority of their newer wines in screw tops.