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Old 07-17-2012, 04:03 PM   #1
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I have a few of the big belgian bottles from Duvel and Unibroue. Any way of using them for my belgians without a corker? I looked and couldn't find anything relevant on here. Thanks. Cheers

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Old 07-17-2012, 08:51 PM   #2
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Hi

If they are like the ones I have, you either need a corker or an imitation corker (= home made equivalent).

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Actually it depends on exactly what type of lip they have. If you have one of those red hand cappers, you CAN flip the metal plates over to the wider side, and buy a bell at your lhbs, along with larger cap made to fit some bottles that belgian beers come in. The ones that are like champagne bottles. I'm leaving work now, I'll try to put something together when I get to my place to show you.

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yup, you need a corker. the lips on those bottles aren't made to accept caps/crowns. it's corks or nuthin'.

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Ok I'm back. Half of the belgian beers I get are bottled in 29mm Champagne bottles. They don't have the rounded lip of the othe Belgian cork and cage bottles.



You can bottle these with your red emily capper, by pulling out and flipping the metal plates, and buying a 29mm capping bell.


And these caps from Norther Brewer.

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you need corks and cages....You can however use a portugese corker to do it. We have a thread here.

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I have done this. Plastic corks for wine bottles with the wire caps...

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Brian, what type of plastic corks? I tried those rounded Belgian bottles with plastic champagne corks (the white ones) and they didn't really work with them.

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I'm not sure the name. They have a 'spiral' hold on tab that you have to take off first. They work on most Belgian bottles but I have found a few that didn't carbonate completely

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Thanks guys. I wish I had thought of it earlier. My father makes wine and has a corker. Nice floor standing one. But he just recently retired to Florida. Yes Revvy they are the rounded topped bottles.

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