|I have heard that placing an object such as a
spoon into the neck of a champaign bottle will
keep the champaign from going flat. Is this
true? If so, why does it work?
|Question Date: 2007-03-09|
This does not work, and if anything, has been
shown to actually accelerate the flattening of the
champagne. This myth was tested by the
"Mythbusters" on the Discovery channel during
their "Viewers Choice Christmas Special", which
originally aired on December 22, 2004. This is a
great show to watch if you are interested in urban
I don't know about a spoon - a cork would be
Champaign is a carbonated beverage,
like beer or like soda pop, or even sparkling
water. That means that it contains dissolved
carbon dioxide, which is kept under pressure and
thus stays dissolved. If the pressure is removed,
the gas comes out of solution and forms
bubbles.Blocking the escape of the gas will
prevent more gas from coming out of solution.
Your unusual question sounds like a good one for
the Urban Legends website
However, I couldn't
find it there, so I searched google for: champagne
bottle neck spoon And got lots of hits. This was
the first one:
let you check it out. Here you have part of
"Can a bottle uncorked at midnight
still keep its sparkle if some of the wine is
saved for another day?
French folk wisdom,
which ought to know about these things, prescribes
a silver spoon. Hang the spoon, handle down, in
the neck of the bottle, store it in the
refrigerator, and the champagne is still bubbly
Or so the legend goes. When a
team of Stanford researchers put the idea to the
test - all in a thirst for knowledge, and digging
into their own pockets for research funds - they
found that the spoon theory falls flat. In their
test, with admittedly preliminary results, the big
question about keeping champagne from going flat
turns out to be whether or not to use a cork."
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