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rgontasz 04-25-2011 06:13 PM

Twist off caps boo!!!!
About a month ago I got one of my friends into home brewing. He had been curious for a while and we jumped in and he brewed his first extract batch! I told him I would help him save some bottles for his first batch and I already have about a case put away (I now keg).

Today, I was at the store and thought, "man, I could go for a nice sample pack of some lighter beers" as I will be cutting the grass today. So, I bought a sampler from Star Hill. I knew the beer would be just ok to slightly better than ok, but they are local and I like to support that kind of thing. Anyway, get home, crack the first one and disappointed to find it is a twist off.

Honestly, I bought this for the bottles. The beer was just a bonus. Anyone else had this problem. I wish they would advertise the bottle type or if there was a way to tell!

JollyIsTheRoger 04-25-2011 06:20 PM

Hey you still get beer, as long as it's not bad. But alot of times on the bottle or on the sides of the cap it will either say twist-off or use an opener, probably not as common as I am remembering but you can try looking at them and see if there is anything like that

gregger 04-25-2011 06:20 PM

YUP... Almost exactly the same circumstance as mine. I have a brew ready for bottles next weekend, but not enough bottles. I bought a case of Blue Moon for Friday night, and also to have something to drink while working in the yard Saturday afternoon. I was certain they were pop tops. I grabbed the bottle opener for the first three beers. On the fourth, I was too lazy to get up so I asked my wife to grab one for me (she was closer to the kitchen than I lol).

She twisted it off while walking over and handed it to me.

HEART = BROKEN. Very disappointing.

rgontasz 04-25-2011 06:23 PM

I would expect it from Coors and I know SN now uses twist offs, but I did not expect a regional brewery to be using them! I was also surprised to see that founders is using twist offs now too. There is something weird about twisting the cap off a back woods bastard! haha!

JollyIsTheRoger 04-25-2011 06:26 PM

Weird, I have alot of SN, and founders bottles that i have bought in the last 3 months or so and they all are pop tops(I actually prefer these, I like short necked bottles for some reason)

rgontasz 04-25-2011 06:30 PM

Yeah, I've started to see them from SN and Founders. I had a North Coast Scrimshaw that was a twist a while ago too. Maybe a miss order for them or maybe an experiment to switch. I sure hope not because this guy likes to save his bottles and twist offs are useless!

TheBeerNerd 04-25-2011 06:32 PM

SN used to be twist off, but I believe they switched back to pop-tops.

Caboose 04-25-2011 06:32 PM

That sucks!

Its always been my rule of thumb that beer with a twist off isnt REAL beer! lol

pwndabear 04-25-2011 06:35 PM

i buy my beer for the beer. if the bottle is a poptop, thats just a little gift at the end kinda like a toy out of a cereal box.

rico567 04-25-2011 08:00 PM

You CAN tell by looking that a bottle is twist-off. on the twist-off bottles, there is a thin rim right below the threads. This rim isn't there on pry-off bottles. You can sometimes tell from looking at the caps, too, but on some it's not that easy.

Also, for those who buy beer for this reason, Goose Island was twist-off, but has recently switched to pry-offs.

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