Perhaps another way to do it would be to pour enough wet sand into the bottle so that with a little manipulation, you get the cork at the shoulder of the bottle. The sand would give you something to press the cork against, making cutting/breaking the cork easier?
My ideas are pretty far fetched, but i really can't think of another way of getting a big piece of cork out of a bottle. Compressed air perhaps?
Or make a loop out of a coat hanger and use it to pull the cork up to where you can get a corkscrew into it, and pull it out. If you can work it out, get the coat hanger out before you do the heavy work.
(I thought the latter idea would sound less far-fetched if I gave the other idea first.)
PS, I tried the corkscrew. It pushed it farther down the neck. So far, its still not floating.
BTW, I've had broken corks only in my most expensive single malt bottlings so I don't think it was anything to do with it being a blend. I _have_ had many breakages from Diageo though so perhaps they have or had a bad cork source for a while?
Di Blasi wrote:I would pour the remaining whisky into another container, but through a coffee filter or cheese cloth, obviously unused! This filters the cork out of the good stuff of course! And then take a dish cloth or something similar and fold and roll into itself, with a corner on top, kind of like folding a paper airplane, and then the "nose" of the plane, ie the corner of the cloth, gets folded down. It works best with a thinner restaurant napkin that has been pressed, even starched, as it retains it's form better. Then put the napkin/cloth inside the bottle and jiggle the bottle until the cork falls into the napkin, into the "nose." Pull the napkin out of the bottle, with the cork in it. It's probably not easy to understand it here, but ask your local bartender or anyone else that knows "bar tricks!"
That pretty damn clever, and doesn't involve burning things or using sand. What the hell was I thinking.
I'm going to try this out some day, thanks.
Of course, wine corks fit in the neck much more tightly and the cork's pressure increases the effectiveness of this method.
Would'nt the simplest solution be to remove the whisky to another container - let the cork dry over night and the use something long and sharp (screwdriver, thin knife, etc.) to break the cork into smaller pieces and then let gravity do its trick ?
I had a thought last night (Down! Tattie', down!) that may help. There's a type of "cork screw" that has two thin metal prongs that slide down the sides of the bottle between the cork and the glass. The handle is then given a slight twist and the cork pulls out smoothly. I've only seen them in retaurants, but may do the trick. ( Either that or some complex Achimedian screw arrangement).
Yeah I would have initially though so, but nothing ventured nothing gained. When using this type of cork screw on wine bottles, the corks seem to flare out and (due to the back pressure, I assume) don't get shoved down. So it would be worth the risk, wouldn't it?
I had a cork break off on one of my bottles last month and I was able to use a regular corkscrew carefully to remove the remains. Luckily enough of the top half was left to recork the bottle. Musky Pete
Lawrence wrote:When using this type of cork screw
Since Mr.T is involved in this conversation I feel obilged to point out that, technically, this device is not a cork screw.
Quite right, Mr. Picky totally missed that one. I pondered what to call it and decided on "cork screw" simply because I don't remember what it's really called. I didn't think two pronged cork remover would do. Anyone?
MrTattieHeid wrote:Mr Picky has been vacationing in the Eyesores.
Oh – did the poor thing finally need a break to recuperate from the abuse of the English language, heaped on his frail shoulders, by us inconsiderate grammar vandals?
I actually kinda miss him – as a non-native English speaker, I found his occasional quips quite educational…
I also tried the JW blue from a collectors 200ml set. I think the gold blows the blue away. I thought the blue was kind of bland really. Not much for the nose.[/b]
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