Next time you’re ready to buy corks for bottling your wine you might want to take a closer look before you buy. If you do, you’ll discover that a wine bottle cork is not just a wine bottle cork anymore.
If fact, the natural cork bottle stopper is slowly going to the wayside to make room for other methods of sealing a wine bottle–screw caps being the most evident. But there’s also another not-so-evident alternative to the natural wine bottle cork. They’re called synthetic corks.
Synthetic corks look like a natural wine bottle cork, only they are created from man-made materials. When compared to traditional cork bottle stoppers one easily notices that synthetic corks are heavier and firmer.
This is because synthetic corks are not porous like a traditional wine bottle cork. No air can get through them over time. This makes synthetic corks just as effective for protecting your wine as screw caps, but without the unattractive looks.
The next time you need to buy corks, take a look at synthetic corks. Synthetic corks are an effective alternative to traditional cork bottle stoppers and ideal for protecting your homemade wines.
Ed Kraus is a 3rd generation home brewer/winemaker and has been an owner of E. C. Kraus since 1999. He has been helping individuals make better wine and beer for over 25 years.