hist-brewing: punts

-Tevildo. tevildo at hotmail.com
Fri Feb 11 11:31:57 PST 2000


>From: PBLoomis at aol.com
>Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2000 14:32:55 EST
>     That of course is why champagne bottles and good wine bottles have 
>those
>deep dimples in the bottom, to provide a groove around the dimple to 
>collect
>and semi-sequester the lees.  And then we store the wine on its side,
>obviating the effect we were trying to achieve!!
>     Scotti

Actually, those indentations ("punts", they're called) were mostly to 
increase the strength of the bottles. Curved glass is a lot stronger than 
flat glass, and so they prevented champagne bombs. Nowadays the glass is a 
lot more trustworthy, but it's a tradition.
                           -Tevildo.
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