Does a teaspoon keep champagne fizzy?

15 April 2014

Question

My dad wanted to know why champagne stays fizzy if you put a teaspoon in the top of the bottle once you take the cork out.

Answer

Chris - We're almost out of time but we've got this one here from Kitty. We can have a sort of show of hands on this - does putting a teaspoon in the top of a bottle of champagne stop it going flat? Who believes that one?

Helen - I've never come across that actually. That's the first time I've heard that.

Chris - People say it stops it going flat, but it's not true. It's a myth I'm afraid, Kitty. It doesn't work.

Ramsey - Yes, the air is still exposed in the champagne.

Chris:: Yeah. I mean basically, the gas under pressure dissolved can bubble out and escape and the teaspoon does not make any difference.

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