Bottling the last half bottle


When bottling wine and you have some left over that will not fill a bottle, what do you do with it?
We've been making wine for a few months from a variety of kits. Some are for a demijohn, some require one of MY beer making bins (the "30 bottle" kits). Despite following instructions closely there is never enough in a demijohn to fill 6 bottles and 30 bottles is usually just over 27.
What do you do about this?
What do you do with the odd half bottle left over after filling five from a demijohn? I know sometimes it is OK to drink but they're usually rough as old boots at this point.
I ask because I have had an idea - which is usually a bad sign. I do the beer making, my wife does the wine. I have a bunch of beer bottles in a wide variety of sizes from 250 ml to 660 ml. BUT, these require a crown cork cap. What would happen if you bottled wine in a crown cork capped bottle? Would it matter at all? Has anyone tried it? Will the wine age OK? Presumably lying the bottle down to keep the cork wet is irrelevant (and might rust the crown cork?)
Reply to
Simon Reed

Some people recommend bottling several wines at the same time and using the leftovers from each to blend into a mystery wine. I must admit I usually drink it. It's character building stuff...
Jim
Reply to
jim

If you have some splits (half bottles) use these - otherwise - drink up. I hate it when I don't have enough to fill another bottle - ha ha :)
Reply to
Paul E. Lehmann

Good question - OK, so this is off the wall, maybe or silly, but I've done it for the past year, and will probably continue to do it.
1/2 bottle - well, I put into a 375ml and cork. if close, I top up with like wine. I like ice wines, so always have a few 375ml bottles around.
less than 375ml bottle - like a glass or slightly more.
if red - I fortify up with brandy/everclear - leave uncorked for a week or two - and consider it a odd PORT. But interesting. serve chilled. I wait until it is a brownish tint - like a Tawny port. hmm. maybe i should add some oak. haha. I put into a glass, plastic wrap the top and put in the refrigerator for the time needed. some are ok, some are bad, but at least I tried.
if white - I add to a sangria mix that I like. I usually take two 750ml bottles of "Mango Citrus Symphony" wine kit into a white sangria - adding Mango rum (2/3 cup), Peachtree (1/3 cup) and coconut rum (1/3 cup), 2 Tbls sugar, sometimes 1/2 brandy - mix, add cut up orange, mango and peaches. I serve with two ice cubes in each glass, since it is a little strong. So when bottling whites, I plan a sangria around bottling time. :*)
Anyone else do this? other ideas? DAve
Reply to
Dave Allison

I've done the beer bottles. It's no problem at all. Most all the caps are plastic lined, so should not rust.
I've not aged wine in them for any extended period of time, but I don't see why they wouldn't work for extremely long periods of time - I've "lost" beer before and opened bottles after 5 years or more and the cap was fine - even still had good CO2 pressure.
I HAVE seen rust around the crimped part on rare occasions - usually when bottles were wet for some reason (in a cooler, then stored, for example). But the rust is on the outside of the opening - NOT touching the contents and can be wiped off before pouring.
Derric
Reply to
Derric

In article , Derric writes
Thank you. We'll try that next time.
Right then, I'm off to go find me a selection of beer bottles to go and empty in preparation...
Reply to
Simon Reed

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