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Open a bottle of wine with a piece of string.


by saul on September 7, 2006

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Intro: Open a bottle of wine with a piece of string. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

step 1: remove the cork cover... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

step 2: push the cork into the bottle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

step 3: tie a stopper knot in your piece of string. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

step 4: Slide the knot end of string down the side of the cork... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

step 5: Carefully pull the string and cork into the launch position... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

step 6: Pull the cork out! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

step 7: Boast, toast, drink and enjoy... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

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Intro: Open a bottle of wine with a piece of string.


Learn how to open a bottle of wine with a piece of string, remove the cork in one piece. The is an awesome party trick that I have heard has cost people up to $200 to
learn "I bet you I can open this wine with this piece of string"...."how much?" ...."$200"...

It's also useful on picnics on boats.

Most likely you'll use this instructable to drink other people's wine for free.

"If i open your bottle with this piece of string, can I have a cup?"

step 1: remove the cork cover...


tear off that pesky cork covering thing.

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step 2: push the cork into the bottle
youve probably done this bit before in that desperate attempt to open you vino on a camping trip.

using a pen or a bolt works fine (just push it in slowly to prevent wine spilling out)

I've seen the hardest core of people do this with ninja finger tricks. If you support your pinky with your other hand you can push it in with your pinky. This might hurt a little,
but you'll feel real bad-ass...

step 3: tie a stopper knot in your piece of string.


A fairly stiff piece of string works best, but any piece will do in a pinch. if it's floppy you will require more patience in the next step.

The best stopper knot generally is the figure 8 knot. Look at this sequence of images to learn to tie it. You can use this knot everywhere. It is easier to untie later than an
ordinary overhand stopper knot... Re-use your string.

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step 4: Slide the knot end of string down the side of the cork...
This is the tricky bit. Push the string down the inside of the bottle until the stopper knot falls below the bottom of the cork. You may need to use a pen or finger to push the
string. This is why a stiffer string is better. it sometimes helps to tip the bottle one way or the other...

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step 5: Carefully pull the string and cork into the launch position...
Carefully pull the string and cork up until the cork is engaged in the mouth of the bottle and the stopper knot sits below the bottom of the cork...

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step 6: Pull the cork out!

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step 7: Boast, toast, drink and enjoy...
You now have bad ass party trick boasting rights. Drink responsibly.

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audelan says: Jul 5, 2010. 4:17 AM REPLY


Excellente idée! Merci beaucoup je vais m'acheter une bouteille et ... un morceau de cordelette.

nwzhnd says: Jul 5, 2010. 1:37 AM REPLY


Damn! I've spent years of wine drinking when this would have saved my friends and I from using half-assed methods and sifting cork between our teeth. I
bow to your expertise. Now I've got to rush out and buy a bottle of vino to practice on....

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ntgrater says: Jul 4, 2010. 7:10 PM REPLY
you can do the same thing with a plastic grocery bag. i have found the affect to be much more impressive. Try it!!

somerwaters says: Oct 11, 2006. 2:54 AM REPLY


that's so rad, my children wil teach it to their children's children for the time when there are no more corkscrews in the world, after doomsday...

lanceearlhaines says: Jul 4, 2010. 2:50 PM REPLY


another doomsday naysayer? jeeze how many are there?

Jarvinho says: Nov 23, 2006. 5:00 PM REPLY


This is the same doomesday, afer which there will only be cockroaches and duct tape?

lanceearlhaines says: Jul 4, 2010. 2:47 PM REPLY


no tape just cockroaches. nay to the naysayer.

raoult says: Sep 8, 2006. 2:09 AM REPLY


hmmmn. . . neat trick, but sounds a bit tedious.
try this one on for size (great for camping trips)

hold the bottle of wine firmly a few inches from the base in your good hand and hit the bottom of the bottle sharply (and squarely) against the trunk of a tree.
this will force the cork out of the opening of the bottle. you can usually open a bottle of wine with three or four strikes. the cork will come out gradually, so you
can get it to the point where you can pull it out, rather than having it jump out at you.

*requisite words of warning:


1) wine bottles are made of glass.
2) people have a soft outer coating.

now, I have probably opened close to 100 bottles throughout my life using this method (I enjoy camping), but I *have* broken two, and one time I sliced my
hand a bit. (hence the "hold the bottle towards the base where the glass is thicker") both times, it was a thin, cheap bottle.

all in all, I feel those are pretty good odds.

if you find this tip useful, please pass it along at your next campout.

lanceearlhaines says: Jul 4, 2010. 2:37 PM REPLY


awesome tip

mtxe says: Feb 4, 2007. 1:29 AM REPLY


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walkie74 says: May 11, 2007. 3:12 PM REPLY


Wait...so you *do* have to push the cork in all the way? Or not? The pic makes it look like the cork is wedged in the neck of the bottle. How do you get the
string past that??

lanceearlhaines says: Jul 4, 2010. 2:35 PM REPLY


read it!

blackfister says: Jun 16, 2007. 6:59 PM REPLY


what? you go around parties with your cord? better take a wine opener, it will be much classy. It looks much better than a piece of cord, at least people woth
throw pennies at you. ;)

lanceearlhaines says: Jul 4, 2010. 2:34 PM REPLY


the instructable is for the times when everyone has forgotten an opener and you are camping or boating far away from any stores or home. Get out once
in a while!

erqua says: Nov 11, 2007. 7:09 AM REPLY


I don't get it. You already pushed the cork into the bottle. At that point, the bottle is already "opened" (with the cork inside the bottle). Why can't you just drink
it then? Why go to the trouble of removing the cork from the bottle? Why not just leave it inside? If you worried about the dirty cork floating inside, well, the
inside (bottom) surface of the cork has already been in contact for a very long time. You can cut off the top (exposed part) of the cork with a knife before you
push it in.

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lanceearlhaines says: Jul 4, 2010. 2:32 PM REPLY
no you can't cut the cork top off! it is even with or recessed below the top of the bottle. How many bottles of wine have you opened? perhaps if you used
that shoe trick to pop it out a bit but then why not pop it all the way out?

Nerden says: Aug 8, 2009. 8:20 AM REPLY


I have never seen a bottle of wine where you can push the cork straight in , last time I tried the bottle shattered, it was not fun.

lanceearlhaines says: Jul 4, 2010. 2:28 PM REPLY


you haven't seen too many wine bottles then.

lemonie says: Dec 9, 2006. 5:32 PM REPLY


Only last week we found that the cork-screw had been stolen from limo', this would have been really useful! Then again we didn't have any string either...

maxim1982 says: Feb 4, 2010. 12:44 PM REPLY


shoelaces?

lanceearlhaines says: Jul 4, 2010. 2:27 PM REPLY


dirty shoe laces? only if i was starving or in a desert.

lemonie says: Feb 4, 2010. 2:19 PM REPLY


2006? Well, that was a long time ago, thanks for the memory.
Yes probably.

girrrrrrr2 says: Feb 11, 2007. 3:25 PM REPLY


now someone should post how to put it back in!!!think of how evil that would be...you could put in soda or some other liquid!!!*turns around and walks
away*yes that would be cool and funny...think of what could happen...ZzZzZzZzZzZzZzZzZzZzZzZzZzZzz...

lanceearlhaines says: Jul 4, 2010. 2:26 PM REPLY


that really doesn't need a post. Just push!

isaac! says: Feb 5, 2010. 2:44 PM REPLY


you fell asleep just thinking about it!

AnswerGuru says: Apr 5, 2007. 9:38 PM REPLY


It's actually called a figure-8 knot and is commonly used in rock climbing, caving, etc.

lanceearlhaines says: Jul 4, 2010. 2:21 PM REPLY


That was said already. That was said already.

JamesTB13 says: Jul 4, 2010. 12:14 PM REPLY


uhhhh,....yeah he said that......random comment.

oniume says: Feb 5, 2010. 4:02 PM REPLY


in sailing, the figure 8 knot is used to stop rope from being pulled out of cleats, and is commonly called a stopper knot

L-A says: Jul 4, 2010. 7:24 AM REPLY


Actually, it's possible to open a wine bottle with a shoe. You rest the bottom of the bottle in the heel, and hit a wall or table with it. A couple of moderate taps
will make the cork pop out untouched. As far as tool-less bets go, this is the best I know right now.

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dfc849 says: Jul 4, 2010. 10:51 AM REPLY
I saw that on Lifehacker!

m-arijn says: Jan 22, 2007. 7:59 AM


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tkjtkj says: Jul 4, 2010. 10:47 AM REPLY


I'm gonna try the "..using a tree " thing ... Might have to drag a 50yo oak tree into the bar, but if i can do that , the rest ought to be a snatch...

mtxe says: Sep 7, 2006. 5:10 PM REPLY


Vary "MacGyver"

mtxe says: Feb 4, 2007. 12:59 AM REPLY


*Very

tkjtkj says: Jul 4, 2010. 10:46 AM REPLY


maybe he meant 'VARiation' of MacGyver' or maybe even 'MacGyVAR'

eezra says: Oct 25, 2007. 1:07 PM REPLY


But this is where you loose the bet! "Hey, you said only with a piece of string!"- So ya have to use the finger, I wouldn't pay if you used another tool.

Javin007 says: Jul 23, 2009. 11:35 AM REPLY


If you put the string between your cork and your finger, then pushed on the string, you could thwart your technicality. Otherwise, I would bet you that you
can't open a bottle with a bottle opener (since using your hand to use the bottle opener would be using another tool.)

Broom says: Jan 25, 2010. 9:52 PM REPLY


Agreed. That was a ridiculous objection.

dokcal says: Jul 4, 2010. 10:06 AM REPLY


No, I think it was a badly-worded objection.

I believe eezra was referring to the paragraph where it says to use a pen or a bolt to push the cork down into the bottle. Using either of those
would constitute using an extra object, therefore you must use your finger.

patricklogsdon says: Feb 14, 2010. 6:03 PM REPLY


PMOWERS , that was a good idea with the cable tie!...I think I'm gonna try that first before i try the string.

plpicher says: Jan 28, 2010. 2:36 PM REPLY


awesome! thanks a lot!

Lee Wilkerson says: Jan 28, 2010. 12:22 PM REPLY


Cool trick! Can't wait to start earning money with it. B)
Actually, if I have no corkscrew I have found that a combination of drywall screws (I recommend 2) and pliers or a claw hammer works really well. And I
almost always have the screws and pliers. Used this method once when I broke the corkscrew.

~/Lee

mwarren_us says: May 22, 2009. 11:21 PM REPLY


To help when pulling the string up, try tying the other end of the string around the pen (or other object you used to push the cork in) and then use that as a
handle.

bowmaster says: Mar 9, 2009. 6:17 PM REPLY


I prefer to just bite the cork and pull it out with my teeth. Or slam to cork against my forehead so it pops in to the bottle and we can get it out later.

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pmowers says: May 30, 2008. 4:18 PM REPLY
This idea also works great for the times that your opener pushes the cork into the bottle. I removed it using the lock end of a nylon cable tie! Thanks for
saving the day (well, evening, actually).

Full Frontal Graphic says: Mar 27, 2008. 1:38 PM REPLY


If I dip my pinky finger and this piece of 5mm accessory cord that I carry in my pocket into your wine, can I drink some of it? Sure. Have it all, I'm suddenly
not very thirsty. It's a nice party trick though.

notker says: Jan 21, 2008. 12:29 PM REPLY


cool

w00ty32 says: Nov 14, 2007. 4:13 PM REPLY


awsome!

moep says: Apr 25, 2007. 3:15 AM REPLY


Back when I was too cheap to buy a corkscrew, I used to open wine bottles with a screwdriver, screw, and pliers. Just screw the screw into the cork and
extract with the pliers. I think one time I didn't have pliers and I used scissors instead. Ahh alcoholism...man those were the days.

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