Originally Posted by RebelliousVanilla
I am curious if I can perform stove top pasteurizing with the EZ cap beer bottles? Or do I just need to get bottles that I have to cap manually?
I did my first couple of pasteurized batches in those a few weeks ago. It certainly seems possible, but I had a few explode in the pot, which is very costly compared to 12oz bottles.
That could be because I had the temp too high, and because I seem to have a hot spot on the burner I was using- I was doing 10 minutes at 190f for the first 20 bottles, while the thread seems to have agreed that 160-175f is plenty, and all of the bottles that exploded were in the same position in the pot(and it heats similarly unevenly when I cook food on that burner). Also, even with a big canning pot, I could only fit a max of four liter bottles, and the lid wouldn't close.
So, I guess what I'm saying is that if that's all you've got, give it a try. I, however, went out and bought a couple cases of 12oz bottles, and will now only be using the liter ones for long aging or still ciders.
edit- I also had a bunch of seals work their way out, but they were easily pushed back in when the bottles cooled, and don't seem to have caused any problems with the finished cider.