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Old 11-29-2008, 08:37 PM   #1
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What's everyone's opinion on Swing-top bottles, like the ones Redstone Meadery uses?

Has anyone used these with their own batches?

It seems like they'd be prone to oxidation, but Redstone seems to have had some success with them.

Can they be stored on their side?

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Old 11-29-2008, 08:49 PM   #2
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WAY too spendy for me, I have a few that I like to use though.
They work fine.
I have a stout that's pushing in on 10 years that's tasting mighty fine in swing top bottles.

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Old 11-30-2008, 12:22 AM   #3
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Last month we opened a 4 year old mead that was nicely carbonated and tasted great. I've never had a problem with flip tops for mead or beer.

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Old 11-30-2008, 12:53 AM   #4
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most pricing on swing top bottles has been just as expensive as just buying a bottle of grolsch. i figure itll be more fun drinking the beer and getting a bottle than purchasing a box of bottles. have heard of no problems with swingtops, have yet to use them myself yet

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Old 11-30-2008, 04:25 AM   #5
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Swing-tops are great, I really like to use them more than regular bottles, though like everyone says they are expensive.

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Old 11-30-2008, 09:21 AM   #6
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Seems they will work well for me, because i can get an import beer here from Belgium, which is good beer anyway, and then after i have guzzled down 2 cases or so (20 bottles in a case), and sterilized them, then i can easily bottle mead or cider without having to buy or replace any bottles... and from the prices i have seen online, i am paying much much less doing it this way than i would buying new swing top bottles. This is important for me here, because getting new bottles and caps/ capper/ corks, etc... has proven nearly impossible.

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Old 11-30-2008, 01:46 PM   #7
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I too like them and they work well for me, though they're more difficult to store than corked wine bottles.

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Old 11-30-2008, 04:23 PM   #8
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Thanks for all the opinions. Do you guys store the bottles upright or on their side?

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Try grabbing some swing-top bottles from your local recycle depot. I grab mine there for three bucks a dozen for the grolsch or the fischer.....whichever they have.

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