There are number of options when it comes to sealing your home made beverages and different stoppers each have their different uses and features.
Wine corks are the classic way to seal wine and the best for long term aging. They come in different sizes and materials. The longer the size the tighter the seal will be. Different materials are for preference and aging. Agglomerate corks are the most cost effective cork and suitable for short term aging up to a year and possibly more, while porous natural corks provide traditional conditioning and flavour. Synthetic corks provide the most airtight seal. To use a wine cork you will need a wine corker.
T corks are a great way to seal, open, and reseal bottles of wine, oil, or vinegar with their cork bottom and easy to grip plastic top.
Tapered corks and rubber bungs are available in a number of sizes for different bottles and containers and are good for a range of uses – capable of plugging any hole depending on the size. They can be applied and removed by hand and are available solid or drilled for an airlock.
Plastic and Polyseal screw caps available in 28mm and 38mm sizes are a great way to seal glass screw top bottles and jugs. Polyseal caps create an airtight no-drip seal. 38mm plastic screw caps are also available with a hole drilled for an airlock – a great way to ferment in ½ and 1 gallon jugs.
Metal crown caps are for creating air tight seals on glass beer bottles. To apply you will need a capper.