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Old 12-17-2008, 04:16 PM   #1
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Is it ok to bottle sparkling ciders in screw top glass bottles or will the CO2 leak out? Wine bottles are so freaking expensive and I have 15 gallons to bottle...help!

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Old 12-17-2008, 05:04 PM   #2
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You can't bottle carbonated cider in wine bottles anyway, so don't worry about that. (The corks would blow out, or the bottles would blow up- wine bottles aren't designed for carbonation). I also wouldn't used generic glass bottles, unless there were designed for soda for the same reason- the glass could explode under pressure if the bottle wasn't designed for a carbonated beverage.

There are a couple of choices that you have though- plastic soda bottles aren't very attractive, but they would work great. You could use beer bottles, and a regular capper. I have some brown PET bottles that I got from the LHBS, and those would work as well, and have reusable screw tops.

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Old 12-17-2008, 06:04 PM   #3
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You can not bottle carbonated cider in wine bottles anyway, so don't worry about that.
Not nitpicking Yoop, just don't want him to get the wrong idea from a typo
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Old 12-18-2008, 12:39 AM   #4
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You can use screw tops. I work part time at a bar (endless supply of wine bottles!) and they serve welches sparkling juice. I use those bottles all the time. However you must save the caps.I've never been able to find caps that are lonfgenough to get a good seal.

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Old 12-18-2008, 12:42 AM   #5
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- You can get a good seal with twist off bottles using a bench capper
- Wine bottles aren't built to hold pressure and a prone to explode, so don't use them
- Champagne bottles are fine to use, but you will need a cork, wire thing (just like when you bought the champagne) plus a champagne capper
- I would avoid plastic bottles for cidars

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Just curious.....why would you avoid plastic bottles? Is it because of the chemicals? I use PET bottles

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Old 12-18-2008, 02:52 AM   #7
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Well this is all very interesting...i went to work tonite and started saving wine bottles...I had already got a whole mess of 1/2 gal glass bottles from my LHBS plus screw-on caps. The reason i asked is because it occured to me that CO2 may leak out of an incomplete seal. I have 15 gallons of cider to bottle, so as you might imagine, I am not too interested in using all 12 oz. beer bottles. Thanks for the info, folks, as always...I'll stick with the original plan, i think.

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I would add that most Champagne bottles can also be capped with your everyday equipment. I do it all the time.

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You can bottle in larger beer bottles, if you don't want to use 12 ounce bottles, or in 2 liter soda bottles.

I would NOT use glass jugs or wine bottles that aren't designed to hold pressure. If you do anyway, make sure you keep them in a big rubbermaid container so that if they do explode, the glass shards are somewhat contained.

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I cap my champagne bottles also. Just make sure you have the right size caps and capper before you start. ( I learned this the hard way). I believe US
bottles are 32 mm and European are 33 mm .

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