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Old 06-21-2012, 08:09 AM   #1
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Default champagne/thick glass bottles - brett beer

I am sitting on a berliner weisse with a months worth of brett treatment and am anxious to bottle since my gravity hasn't moved. I keep seeing that with brett, it is safest to bottle with champagne bottles as they have thick walls. The only problem I see is that I will have to buy a corker. Another expense. Oh and champagne bottles. Another expense. Is this truly necessary to avoid bottle bombs? Or can I under-prime to stay safe and hope the brett slowly creates magic? Should I keg to carb and then bottle?

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Old 06-24-2012, 08:25 AM   #2
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trying it again

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Old 06-24-2012, 12:29 PM   #3
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Not totally necessary. What gravity are you at? Also what are your other bottle options, standard 12oz long necks?

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You can get 'Tirage' caps which are a larger diameter for use on the tops of champagne bottles. You need a larger bell on your capper to push on the Tirage caps as well. I'm keen to cork and cap my sours, Cantillon style, once they're ready.

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Gravity has been at 1.008 for about a month. Was expecting a FG closer to 1.005. My other bottle options include assorted 12oz/22oz/750ml. All with standard crowns. I only have about 3gal I need to bottle. I would love to go the Cantillon route!!

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Old 06-27-2012, 12:16 PM   #6
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You can get a larger 29mm bell for the standard red 2 handle capper for about $5.

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Old 06-27-2012, 12:39 PM   #7
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I bottle half of my batches in champagne bottles just use the 29mm caps instead of the regular 26mm and use a bigger bell in your capper there is also plastic reusable corks for champagne bottles that can be used without a corker

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