Ever Have A Champaign Bottle Pop On Its Own?

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    Jul 11, 2015 1:42 AM GMT
    I never did. This one popped super loud as I was removing the cage from the cork, which just shot out. And the bottle had been still for hours, no agitation.

    Fortunately I had a towel right there, to cover the cork as I always do when I ordinarily push it out with my thumbs. Little spray, again confirming the bottle hadn't been shaken. But quite a surprise, even the half-undone cage went flying.

    No celebration, BTW, I was just in the mood for champagne cocktails. A 1950s favorite of my parents, hardly known today. You drop 2 sugar cubes into the champagne flute, one of which has a couple of drops of Angostura bitters.

    The sugar causes some extra fizz, so you don't want the flute too full. I remember one time I ran out of sugar cubes and tried substituting granulated - it was like a school science experiment gone bad! LOL!
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    Jul 11, 2015 1:46 AM GMT
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    Jul 11, 2015 2:11 AM GMT
    Ok...
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    Jul 11, 2015 2:26 AM GMT
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    Well, I do sympathize for you. Don't worry about me, though, I'm sitting here completely surrounded by champagne. Which is a fine substitute for beer.

    I won't be opening a second bottle of the same vintage tonight, but when I do, I'm gonna have it covered by a big towel. I'll reach under with my hands and undo the cage by feel. Be curious if I get the same reaction.
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    Jul 11, 2015 2:51 PM GMT
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    Jul 12, 2015 3:57 AM GMT
    43rueperronet saidlove how the thread title and the bad spelling were corrected. I wonder why they happened to begin with?

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    The explanation is simple typo. Gawd help you if you ever have one.
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    Jul 12, 2015 5:02 AM GMT
    Of course. If you haven't experienced that a time or two, there obviously isn't enough champaign in your life icon_wink.gif

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    Jul 12, 2015 5:03 PM GMT
    A couple of thoughts. Once you remove the foil, place your thumb on top of the cork. Twist the cage 6 times. This is the standard amount all cages are tightened to. Now move the cage and discard. Hold the neck of the bottle with one hand and slowly twist off the cork with the other. Tilt the cork to let it "burp" slowly. This retains as much carbonation as possible.

    Now, if you are drinking Cooks or Korbel with the plastic cork, then I recommend better sparkling wine/champagne. I prefer a Brut and no sugar cubes or bitters. Nice champagne is one of my favorite party drinks during the holidays. Veuve Clicquot is usually in the fridge at home.
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