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Old 10-26-2009, 04:40 PM   #1
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heres my question im plan to do all my bottling with used champagne

1. do chanpagne bottles that take corks, can they also be capped

2. are there any other cappers old style ones that change the bell on the them,,,im not talking about the red baron, bench cappers.

3. are there any larger bottles than champange bottles for bottling that dont cost an arm and a leg

4. wich chamgange bottles are the best

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Old 10-26-2009, 04:46 PM   #2
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I love using champagne bottles. You can use bottle caps or I sometimes use the plastic stoppers with wire cages.

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Old 10-26-2009, 04:54 PM   #3
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Champagne bottles are great. I like to use them for bottling my annual Christmas beer gifts, which always get a warm reception!

In addition to what Pappers said, you should be aware that there are two different kinds of champagne bottles. There's the "American" bottle that takes standard bottle caps, and then there's the "European" version that takes a slightly larger 29mm size cap. You'll need a larger bell for your capper to use 29mm caps. The red barron is the only capper I'm aware of that has the larger bell. My old bench style cappers are standard size.

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Old 10-26-2009, 05:06 PM   #4
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oh ok thats very helpful, what about growlers for bottleing too, i defentely like the idea of bottleing large amounts of beer in glass. so i need a bench capper with 2 different bells, does that sound right?

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You can transport already carbonated beer in a growler, but you cannot carbonate in a growler. They are not meant to hold pressure.

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3. are there any larger bottles than champange bottles for bottling that dont cost an arm and a leg
I also use 1 liter flip-top bottles, I like them a lot, they're just the right size to share a brew with one or maybe two other people. And while they are a little expensive, I reuse them over and over. I tend not to give these away to people, just for my own in-home use.

I bought them at my lhbs, but they look like the bottles here except they are 1 liter, not 1/2 liter http://www.breworganic.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=515
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In addition to what Pappers said, you should be aware that there are two different kinds of champagne bottles. There's the "American" bottle that takes standard bottle caps, and then there's the "European" version that takes a slightly larger 29mm size cap.
Apparently, my lbhs sells the american version. Thanks for the info!
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Both the Super Agata and the Colonna capper/corker have interchangeable bells.
The Colonna comes with both. You need to buy the 29mm for the Agata.

The Colonna can cork Belgian bottles. It might be able to cork champagne bottles also.

http://www.slobrewer.com/howto/corking-belgians/

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I use Cook's "Champagne" bottles. A 1.5 liter bottle is about 6$ at Costco. The only problem is you have to do something with the nasty "Champagne" inside the bottles.

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I use Cook's "Champagne" bottles. A 1.5 liter bottle is about 6$ at Costco. The only problem is you have to do something with the nasty "Champagne" inside the bottles.
I also meant to say that the normal bottle caps work on these bottles...
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