When Bad Things Happen to Good Wine Bottles

I have a pretty sunny disposition. In fact, most of the time I’m downright happy. Why wouldn’t I be? Life is good!

But I have bad moods, too. Sometimes it just takes a little thing to trigger it. The computer that won’t boot up, a stain on my favorite shirt, or a traffic jam when I’m running late can cause a perfectly good day to go bad.

Times like these, when things start going wrong, I find it helps to remember that things can always be worse. Like it was for these people:
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Vacuum Degassing Our Homemade Wine

We vacuum degassed our wine for the first time yesterday. Oh, the excitement!

I’ve been making homemade wine for almost seven years now. Previously, I’ve shaken my carboys, stirred them, or used a degassing wand attached to a power drill. These methods work, eventually, but I’ve always had a problem getting my wines completely degassed.

After talking to several other home winemakers about vacuum degassing, Mrs. Noontime and I decided it was time to give it a try. Yesterday we vacuum degassed three different wines we have in carboys, and learned a few things along the way.
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What Do You Think of Interactive Beer Bottles?

Since my business is printing custom wine labels and beer labels for home winemakers and brewers, I spend a lot of time looking at commercial labels.

This has led me to pay attention to the bottles themselves, as well as the rest of the packaging that beverages come in.

I guess you could say I’m a bit of a packaging geek.

That’s why I was intrigued when I saw the announcement of the new Heineken Ignite “interactive” bottles.

You read that correctly: Heineken has a new beer bottle that interacts with you. Well…that’s how they describe it. I’d say it’s a neat little promotional gimmick if you happen to be drinking one in a dark room.
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Video – Bottle Cap Wall

Do you have a wall in your home that needs a little… something? Take a cue from the folks at KegWorks and create a drama wall out of recycled bottle caps! Here’s a neat video that they published showing the process of creating a bottle cap wall out of 60,000 bottle caps, condensed down to 2 minutes (with some great music).

Bottle Cap Wall from KegWorks

What do you think, do you like this wall? Would you do something like this in your home? How about using recycled wine corks? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.