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posted by cmn32480 on Tuesday November 14, @11:47AM   Printer-friendly
from the for-your-wine-not-your-weiner dept.

Submitted via IRC for OneLitreIn

Not all conversations with your mom about condoms have to end in mortification. For example: One mother and son turned a quip about rubbers into an industrious new way to save wine.

The Wine Condom, which is literally a condom stretched over the top of a wine bottle, was conceived by Laura Bartlett and her clearly well-adjusted son, Mitch Strahan.

The Dallas duo came up with the idea in 2014 after Bartlett sealed off a bottle of wine with plastic wrap secured with a rubber band. They realized it looked like a condom and their dream was born.

Their original contraption first launched that late spring/early summer. Recently, the two announced a new design for their invention, which works for different sizes of wine bottles. (Expect to see a few floating around at White Elephant Gift Exchange this holiday season.)

The device, made from food-grade silicone and sold online for $10 per six-pack, works much as you'd expect: After opening a bottle of wine, the Wine Condom can be rolled over the opening, creating a seal that prevents air from escaping.

Source: http://nypost.com/2017/11/10/forget-bottle-stoppers-wine-condoms-will-save-your-booze/


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  • (Score: 1, Redundant) by bradley13 on Tuesday November 14, @12:39PM (6 children)

    by bradley13 (3053) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday November 14, @12:39PM (#596766) Homepage Journal

    The website is one of those horrible, mobile-oriented, content-free sites. Zero information, not even whether we are talking about latex, or some other substance.

    Assuming that these are latex, latex holds up well against ethanol, but...are there any additives in the latex? I'm not a chemist, but I know that many rubbers and plastics are formed with the help of additional chemicals, many of which are soluble in ethanol. While the "wine condom" may not leak, will it leach interesting chemicals into the wine? Given the lack of information on the website, there's an excellent chance that they haven't even thought about this...

    Anyway, why not just push the cork halfway back into the bottle? You already have the cork - why make life more complicated than it needs to be?

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  • (Score: 2) by bradley13 on Tuesday November 14, @12:41PM

    by bradley13 (3053) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday November 14, @12:41PM (#596767) Homepage Journal

    Silly me, I went straight to the website, and didn't even read TFS, much less TFA. I see that they are "food grade silicone". But seriously, who reads TFA?

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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by Nuke on Tuesday November 14, @01:22PM (4 children)

    by Nuke (3162) on Tuesday November 14, @01:22PM (#596778)

    why not just push the cork halfway back into the bottle?

    That would be just as effective as this condom idea. Anyway, what deteriorates wine is exposure to non-sterile air, and once you uncork it you have exposed it. There are gadgets that allow you to vacuum-pump as much air out as possible through a special cork; you won't get a perfect vacuum but it makes the uncorked wine last longer.

    Most "everyday" wine I buy now has a screw cap anyway, a much better idea although I don't suppose the wine snobs like it.

    • (Score: 3, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 14, @05:02PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 14, @05:02PM (#596862)

      Box wine with plastic bladder bag is actually pretty good idea. Wine comes out, but very little air if any goes in.

      • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Wednesday November 15, @03:46AM

        by JoeMerchant (3937) on Wednesday November 15, @03:46AM (#597129)

        All depends on the plastic the bag is made of... even if you can't taste it it's likely leaching nasties into your drink. BPA isn't as bad as lead or other "traditional" wine contaminants, but it's bad enough to try to avoid if you can.

    • (Score: 2) by letssee on Tuesday November 14, @06:35PM

      by letssee (2537) on Tuesday November 14, @06:35PM (#596900)

      Those 'vacuvin' corks are mostly humbug as well. First, their pumping power is rather low, so you might maybe pull out half the air (unlikely, but let's be generous) leaving half the bacteria in, which is not a significant reduction. Second, when you expose wine to a true vacuüm all sorts of flavour will evaporate even faster, so the flavour will change as well (disclaimer: this second 'fact' is from random reddit posts or somesuch, so I'm not sure how correct it is, but it sonds believable.)

      The only thing that works is flush the bottle with sterile air in some way and recorking/sealing it.

      I don't really see what the advantage of this 'condom' would be over a cork though.

    • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 14, @07:52PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 14, @07:52PM (#596946)

      It's likely that oxygen, not bacteria, is what causes wine to deteriorate most for the first few days. Backfill with nitrogen and/or argon, seal and chill.