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Old 04-26-2011, 01:15 AM   #11
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FWIW twist-offs work just fine. I ended up with a few in the stash and I used them several times with no issues. Tho I was always nervous about them and drank them first. But really it was no problem. Plus it's cool to twist off your own beer.

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Old 04-26-2011, 01:36 AM   #12
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Yeah I'm the same way. Tallgrass is by far my favorite brewery but I cringe everytime I buy some of their cans because it doesn't contribute to my bottle collection.

Same deal with boulevard. Love their beer but most of their stuff comes in twist offs

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Old 04-26-2011, 02:51 PM   #13
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Eh, I don't know if I want to risk it with using twist offs. I feel like the chance of the cap not sealing properly is too great.

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Old 04-26-2011, 03:08 PM   #14
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I emailed Full Sail about my disappointment that their bottles are twist offs. They make great beer, but I'd love to be able to use the 12 oz bottles, and more importantly their 11oz stubbies.

I love their beer, but looks like their bottles all get returned for the bottle deposit.

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Hi ***** - Thanks for taking the time to write and thanks for the kind words. Glad to hear you are enjoying our LTD. To answer your question, the main reason we switched to twist off was because so many of our customers requested it. After intensive Q and A testing we found there was no compromise in quality between a twist off and a pry. So we decided to switch to twist offs, so customers could enjoy our beers with the twist of the wrist and not have to worry about having an opener handy.

We truly appreciate you taking the time to write, we love hearing from our beer friends and family. On behalf of the Full Sail crew, thanks for your ongoing support and if you ever find yourself in our neck of the woods, swing by, we'd love to treat you to tour. You could see how we make our godlike nectar, have a bite in our Pub, sample some brews fresh from the source and soak up the view of the beautiful Columbia River Gorge.


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Old 04-26-2011, 03:34 PM   #15
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You can tell by looking at the bottle. And if it's a sealed 12-pack, look for a 6-pack of the same thing where you can see the top of the bottles.

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I was shocked to learn the Boulevard Porter I bought was twist off. Pizzed.

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Shiner went to twisties. Michelob actually went from twisties to pop-tops. I MEAN WTF! I too bought some Boulevard stuff to get bottles then was thwarted to learn they were twisties. I now have more bottles then I know what to do with and am gathering up a lot of 22oz bombers since a friend started kegging.

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Yeah, I've done this. Kind of sad when I expect to get a good bottle out of the bargain -but in truth I buy 'em for the beer first (I'm not going to buy garbage beer just to get a bottle).
Yeah, I know twist-offs can work (I've also used some in a pinch before I started kegging) but I've also broken some of these. They really are thinner than the pop-top bottles, not just at the neck. Would I use one if I were bottling? Yeah, if I needed to -but I don't go out of my way to keep those bottles (kind of like asking for trouble).

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I know this topic has been flogged before but apparently Canadian brown twist off bottles work well. That's all I have been using since I started brewing and I have done hundreds of bottles. I use a bench capper to cap though.

I remember hearing that the U.S. twist off bottles have a thinner neck and are more susceptible to breaking.

I probably have close to two hundred bottles in my collection and have not broken one!

If you need extra bottles go over to a friend's house and get a few empties. I think I have bought maybe 24 or so of my collection and the rest have been pillaged from many different garages.

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I know this topic has been flogged before but apparently Canadian brown twist off bottles work well. That's all I have been using since I started brewing and I have done hundreds of bottles. I use a bench capper to cap though.

I remember hearing that the U.S. twist off bottles have a thinner neck and are more susceptible to breaking.

I probably have close to two hundred bottles in my collection and have not broken one!

If you need extra bottles go over to a friend's house and get a few empties. I think I have bought maybe 24 or so of my collection and the rest have been pillaged from many different garages.
Well, living in Canada myself, I helped a friend a while ago bottle a batch (came out to 54 bottles) using an Emily capper and ONLY Canadian twist-offs (he had no pry-offs).

The tops of 4 bottles broke off completely, and 2 more were chipped with glass possibly still having gotten into the beer - overall, a sixer wasted, and a VERY frustrating and arduous time. Would American twist-offs have been any worse? I have no idea, but I'll never cap even Canadian twist-offs ever again.
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