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Storing bottles on their side
« on: November 11, 2009, 06:09:36 PM »
A couple of weeks ago, I bottled my first batch of wine.  It is a Chardonnay.  The instructions call for storing the bottles on their side but this is an awkward way to store them and it takes up a lot of floor space.  How important is this?
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Re: Storing bottles on their side
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2009, 06:12:41 AM »
Not much of a wine guy but I thought it was to keep the cork wet.  Otherwise it would dry out and crumble when you go to open it.  Not sure if it's true but it sounds good, doesn't it?
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Re: Storing bottles on their side
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2009, 06:15:54 AM »
Not much of a wine guy but I thought it was to keep the cork wet.  Otherwise it would dry out and crumble when you go to open it.  Not sure if it's true but it sounds good, doesn't it?

 My understanding also if they are all natural corks.

 I don't believe this applies to composite and artificial stoppers.

 I use composite and store upright. Some are several years old and have never noticed a problem.
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Re: Storing bottles on their side
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2009, 10:18:34 AM »
Not much of a wine guy but I thought it was to keep the cork wet.  Otherwise it would dry out and crumble when you go to open it.  Not sure if it's true but it sounds good, doesn't it?

I use Grolsch bottles.  No corks.  I can store them upright.  I get three glasses/bottle.  That's two for me and one for the wife.  It keeps her happy & doesn't let her get mean.   ::)
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Re: Storing bottles on their side
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2009, 10:52:27 AM »
  If you are having to buy bottles the screw tops are always and option.

  I know there are two camps on the cork vs screw top argument but if you look around there have been some test and I don't think there is any difference in short term (less than 5 year) storage.

  You are probably like me though, just reuse what some else gives you.
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Re: Storing bottles on their side
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2009, 12:46:45 PM »
I use Grolsch bottles.  No corks.  I can store them upright.  I get three glasses/bottle.  That's two for me and one for the wife.  It keeps her happy & doesn't let her get mean.   ::)

I only get 2 or 3 glasses out of a regular bottle, Grolsch is single serving size.
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Re: Storing bottles on their side
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2009, 07:51:53 AM »
For natural corks you should store them on their sides, you don't want the bottom of the cork to dry out.

For artificial corks (the rubbery type) you should store them upright. These corks I find have a tendancy to leak if stored on their sides.

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Re: Storing bottles on their side
« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2009, 02:16:19 PM »
I just keep my wine in cases, stored upright. I have a couple cases that are 2+ years old, no problems with corks drying out.

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Re: Storing bottles on their side
« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2009, 03:16:33 PM »
I just keep my wine in cases, stored upright. I have a couple cases that are 2+ years old, no problems with corks drying out.

It sounds like I might have some time then.  I figure that in a year they will be all consumed so we'll see about storing them on their sides.  Thanks for all of the responses.
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Re: Storing bottles on their side
« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2009, 06:51:38 AM »
If it becomes a regular thing you ferment then you could always build a winerack.

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Re: Storing bottles on their side
« Reply #10 on: November 17, 2009, 06:58:24 AM »
what about inverting cork in the cases?
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Re: Storing bottles on their side
« Reply #11 on: November 17, 2009, 07:38:39 AM »
For the first three days the bottles should be stored upright to set the cork, then inverted on their side to keep the cork wet and prevent excessive oxidation.
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Re: Storing bottles on their side
« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2009, 07:43:16 AM »
For the first three days the bottles should be stored upright to set the cork, then inverted on their side to keep the cork wet and prevent excessive oxidation.

Duhhhhoooo!

I just bottled my first batch of wine (9 cases) on Sunday.  I put them all (except the screw-tops) on their sides. ???
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Re: Storing bottles on their side
« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2009, 09:42:34 AM »
For the first three days the bottles should be stored upright to set the cork, then inverted on their side to keep the cork wet and prevent excessive oxidation.

Duhhhhoooo!

I just bottled my first batch of wine (9 cases) on Sunday.  I put them all (except the screw-tops) on their sides. ???

You're only doing that in case the compressed air pushes the cork back out of the bottle. There's no other magic going on as far as I know of. So, keep an eye on your bottles and make sure the corks are not creeping out - otherwise you may get leaks.

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Re: Storing bottles on their side
« Reply #14 on: October 22, 2011, 10:14:10 AM »
Zombie alert! Arise old thread! I command you!

Good info here.

Anyway, is there anything wrong with using beer bottles and crown caps instead of wine bottles and corks? I'd much rather open up 12 oz of wine than a 750ml.
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