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Belgian Caged Corking Tip
« on: March 23, 2015, 09:44:44 PM »
The last time I corked n caged, also was the first time, I struggled with getting the right depth. More Beer suggests using a #7 stopper, but they are rubber and mash down too easy giving you a lack of consistency.  So I did this.... 3/8" by 1/2" stainless collar with allen set screw. You can set it wherever you need to and it stays put. $2 at any decent hardware store.



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Re: Belgian Caged Corking Tip
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2015, 06:45:55 PM »
Good idea Jim. I've been saving Belgian bottles for this. So far I've only corked wine bottles (and lots of em)so I don't know yet if I'll need this solution with my type of corker but I'll keep it in mind.
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Re: Belgian Caged Corking Tip
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2015, 08:00:35 PM »
What is done more and more in Belgium is to push a cork all the way down and then add a 19 mm cap, like here: http://belgiuminabox.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/cantillon-geuze-2014-75-cl.jpg

EDIT: 29 mm, not 19
« Last Edit: March 25, 2015, 12:57:24 PM by homoeccentricus »
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Re: Belgian Caged Corking Tip
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2015, 08:36:22 PM »
Ive learned to only push it in a little. Its required when you have a huge cork. Guys with little corks can push it all the way it.

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Re: Belgian Caged Corking Tip
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2015, 10:18:22 PM »
/rimshot ;)
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Re: Belgian Caged Corking Tip
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2015, 10:22:49 PM »
Wow. Just wow.




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Re: Belgian Caged Corking Tip
« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2015, 10:25:16 PM »
After I coughed up the water I choked on, I had a chuckle.   ;)
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Re: Belgian Caged Corking Tip
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2015, 01:19:55 AM »
Ive learned to only push it in a little. Its required when you have a huge cork. Guys with little corks can push it all the way it.
Yes, there's no way that you could fit that type of cork all the wa......hey, oh what? Oh.
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Re: Belgian Caged Corking Tip
« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2015, 03:53:27 AM »
Flawless.
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Re: Belgian Caged Corking Tip
« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2015, 09:47:48 AM »
Stop being obsessed with the size of your cork. That's the reason why you are unable to get the right depth.  Cap it!
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Re: Belgian Caged Corking Tip
« Reply #10 on: March 25, 2015, 11:08:27 AM »
It's just not as cool. The funny cork, the wire contraption that most likely does nothing, that all just really makes the whole Belgian experience.

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Re: Belgian Caged Corking Tip
« Reply #11 on: March 25, 2015, 12:30:28 PM »
On more than one occasion the cork has ripped itself free of the bottle after the cage was removed and then set aside for a couple minutes. Once was in the fridge.

Good to know about the caps. But, does a regular wing-capper work?
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Re: Belgian Caged Corking Tip
« Reply #12 on: March 25, 2015, 12:33:04 PM »
On more than one occasion the cork has ripped itself free of the bottle after the cage was removed and then set aside for a couple minutes. Once was in the fridge.


Same here.
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Re: Belgian Caged Corking Tip
« Reply #13 on: March 25, 2015, 12:53:29 PM »
It's just not as cool. The funny cork, the wire contraption that most likely does nothing, that all just really makes the whole Belgian experience.

You do have a point there. An invalid point, but still, a point.
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Re: Belgian Caged Corking Tip
« Reply #14 on: March 25, 2015, 12:59:54 PM »
On more than one occasion the cork has ripped itself free of the bottle after the cage was removed and then set aside for a couple minutes. Once was in the fridge.

Good to know about the caps. But, does a regular wing-capper work?

You need a 29 mm crownhead, like this one, instead of the  (European?) standard 26 mm: https://www.brouwland.com/en/our-products/brewing/beer-bottles-crown-caps/crown-cappers/accessories/d/crownhead-inner-thread-29-mm-for-emily-fiw#.VRKwWxdPZuZ, and, of course, 29 mm caps.
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