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skyfire322

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Bottling commences tomorrow, and I bought a floor corker for this wonderful occasion. I decided to give it a test run to see how difficult it would be, and well... It's a lot smoother than I expected it to be!

I didn't even try the hand corker and must say, it was easily one of the best investments I've made thus far!
 

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hah I know the feeling. I had a hand corker and I just did a test bottle and immediately bought a Portuguese floor corker because there was no way I was going to be corking several hundred bottles a year with a hand corker! hah.

The best item I've purchased in this hobby though is still the AIO pump. The corker isn't far off, but the AIO was a godsend.
 

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Only bottled 25 bottles with mine and it was really easier. I have the red portuguese, the only problem I had was the nut that positions the cork kept getting out of adjustment. How do you handle this?
 

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Floor corkers are a must. Which model did you get?
I got the red Portuguese one. The first few bottles had muffin tops, and it was then I realized there was an adjustable nut. Once I got the right position, I was off to the races! Definitely going to get loctite to keep it in place.

My next investment is going definitely going to be the AIO!
 

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Thanks for the loctite tip. Might be bragging but did I mention I bought mine for $10.00. It corked 30 bottles before the lady lost interest in winemaking. She listed 2-5 and 1-6 gallon carboys on Craigslist for $10.00 each and when I got there she asked if I wanted the corker for another $10.00.
 

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Anyone know where you can get a replacement plastic round shaped part the bottle sits on? I bought a used one and it didn't have it anymore.
 

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Anyone know where you can get a replacement plastic round shaped part the bottle sits on? I bought a used one and it didn't have it anymore.
The only one I could find is this, but it doesn't look like it'd be the best if you were using punted bottles.
 

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I just bought it from label peelers this is the first time I've used it just bottled some concord and noticed that there was a crease in the cork. I used the noma VHN #8 corks, and a brand new Italian floor corker.
 
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Well they were the only corks I have at the moment. I'll definitely be getting some # 9 first grade corks soon.
 

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I agree. I just bought this lovely from someone whose father passed away. 75$ plus a 6 gal & a 5 gal carboy. I guess he bottled a lot of wine with it. It went thru 30 bottles without batting an eye. I am honored to care take this for him until my kids can pay it forward again when I go.
 

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