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#1 Jimraelee

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 01:21 AM

If there is anyone out there thinking about geting a floor corker... please do, save your self lots of pain... I done for the night... I just bottled some 8 cases of wine from last year. The wife got me a floor corker for christmas last year and she asked me to night " Hows the corker working" my response was " If I had to cork all these by hand, I would have stopped hours ago and gone to bed leaving lots of empty bottles. lmao.gif Taint no way I would use a hand corker... I couldnt imagine using one... now at one time that might be all there was, but now... when you figure 26 bottles to a 5gal carboy... Nahhhhhh Not for me
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Posted 02 August 2007 - 06:52 AM

I have to agree with you there. If there is any question on if you should get a floor corker, do it!

I see you have a batch of orange going. What was your recipe?

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 09:14 PM

QUOTE (ttalsma @ Aug 2 2007, 07:24 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I see you have a batch of orange going. What was your recipe?

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Dont remember... I think it was from Kellers site... I can check at home tonight... I just got done botteling all but some fruit wines and I save my recipes to refer back to... I make notes on them and keep for later reference as to "OH this is garbage" or " Oh boy need to make this again"....
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Posted 02 August 2007 - 10:20 PM

In the end a hand corker is $20 more expensive than a floor corker because almost anyone who does more than 2 batches a year will end up getting a floor corker anyway.

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Posted 01 October 2007 - 08:18 PM

Im new to this hobby or is it an obsession. I don't know yet, but it is looking like the latter. I made my first 2 batches from kits and used my brother in laws hand corker. on my 3rd batch I had a floor corker and brought his back and told him Thanks that I wouldn't be needing that one ony more, it was to much like work to me.

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Posted 02 October 2007 - 05:30 AM

QUOTE (Paul White @ Oct 1 2007, 10:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Im new to this hobby or is it an obsession. I don't know yet, but it is looking like the latter. I made my first 2 batches from kits and used my brother in laws hand corker. on my 3rd batch I had a floor corker and brought his back and told him Thanks that I wouldn't be needing that one ony more, it was to much like work to me.


I had a local home brew show me how to use a hand corker and then let me borrow floor corker.

A week later I was the owner of a floor corker. The was lucky and bought a used one

I corker is still in excellant condition and has never failed me

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Posted 02 October 2007 - 07:04 AM

QUOTE (Paul White @ Oct 1 2007, 09:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
used my brother in laws hand corker. on my 3rd batch I had a floor corker and brought his back and told him Thanks that I wouldn't be needing that one ony more, it was to much like work to me.

The good news for your brother in law is now he knows where to borrow a floor corker! smile.gif
The observation about costing $20 more is sure true! I love my floor corker!
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Posted 02 October 2007 - 09:00 AM

I haven't bottled anything yet and all I hear are "horror" stories about the hand-corker (I have the 2-handle bunny-ear version)... so far I only have a few gallon batches so I hope it won't be too big a deal. :S
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Posted 02 October 2007 - 01:04 PM

QUOTE (Nico @ Oct 2 2007, 08:32 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I haven't bottled anything yet and all I hear are "horror" stories about the hand-corker (I have the 2-handle bunny-ear version)... so far I only have a few gallon batches so I hope it won't be too big a deal. :S



Nico If you are not ready to get the floor corker ( I also highly recomend it) then do a search here for threads talking about corkers. I have seen some good advice how to make the job a bit easier with the hand corker.

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Posted 02 October 2007 - 01:10 PM

I'll agree with everyone else. The floor corker is the way to go. It's $100 I would gladly spend again.

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Posted 02 October 2007 - 04:29 PM

Yeah I had a hand corker and it would cut a piece of the cork off everytime I used it. I love my floor corker.

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Posted 02 October 2007 - 04:45 PM

Someday I'll step up and get a floor corker, but for now the hand corker works pretty nice. I originally had a two piece plastic corker you used w/ a hammer to get the corks in. Talk about a nightmare!! mad.gif I'll never use one of those again.

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Posted 03 October 2007 - 04:55 AM

QUOTE (jbeard14 @ Oct 2 2007, 03:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'll agree with everyone else. The floor corker is the way to go. It's $100 I would gladly spend again.


i just upgraded to an italian. easier to cork, does crown caps (without breaking the bottle!), and collapses down for storage easier.
i just had to justify it to my wife and promise to sell the portuguese corker to one of our friends who is starting out.
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Posted 04 October 2007 - 02:31 AM

QUOTE (sharpstick @ Oct 3 2007, 06:27 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
i just upgraded to an italian. easier to cork, does crown caps (without breaking the bottle!), and collapses down for storage easier.
i just had to justify it to my wife and promise to sell the portuguese corker to one of our friends who is starting out.
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In this house of winemaking, I am the Italian Corker. HA HA HA Currently I own the 2 handled hand corker. It was shreading off a tiny piece of cork on each bottle but that was due to an internal burr on the teflon just before going into the bottle. I smoothed that out with a Dremel tool and she works beautifully. I am not making more than 5 gallons at a time and tend to stagger bottling so I am pleased with what I have. If I made the quantity of wines some make here though, I would think a floor model is a necessity.

Bob, I had one of those 2 piece plastic ones too. I used to dread bottling with that thing but it did get the job done .... no hammer for me though, just brute force. wink.gif

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Posted 04 October 2007 - 05:16 AM

QUOTE (sharpstick @ Oct 3 2007, 07:27 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
i just upgraded to an italian. easier to cork, does crown caps (without breaking the bottle!), and collapses down for storage easier.
i just had to justify it to my wife and promise to sell the portuguese corker to one of our friends who is starting out.
bill keiser


I have an Italian and was wondering how you do crown caps with it. I have a beer kit that I was considering making and did not want to buy a crown capper

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