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Old 09-30-2012, 02:15 AM   #1
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Default Grolsch bottle seals

I scored 13 grolsch bottles at a yard sale for $4 (i'm pretty thrilled about that), but a lot of the rubber seals are dried out and two are missing. I work at a hardware store, so I can get o-rings for almost nothing. Would one of those seal it well in the long-run? I haven't used grolsch bottles for anything, so i'm not sure what I should expect as far as longevity for the seal.

Also, do they still make them with ceramic tops? I've only seen them with plastic tops (not grolsch brands, but the same style), but mine are ceramic. I'm just curious.

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Old 09-30-2012, 02:42 AM   #2
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I can't speak to the ceramic/plastic issue, but I do know that there's homebrew supply websites that sell that Grolsch replacement seals. I don't remember which one, since I'm still deployed and the only thing that I can do is shop and browse every home brew site on the planet.

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Old 09-30-2012, 02:46 AM   #3
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Buy the right gaskets for your bottles.
They aren't that expensive and they work the way they are intended.

You can get a pack of 100 for about the same price as crown caps.

I know you are thinking..."Hey, I only have 13 bottles, why do I need a hundred gaskets????"

Trust me, you will be getting more bottles in the future.
Once you buy a few...then you want more...then you want even more...etc.
That's why I have 13 cases of Grolsch bottles.

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Old 09-30-2012, 05:45 AM   #4
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I've found that the gaskets become flatter after being used a few times and don't seal as well. I instituted a policy of replacing the rubber after every filling. I'm sure it is a bit paranoid, but the cost to ensure a good bottle is minimal.

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Old 09-30-2012, 01:51 PM   #5
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I bought a bag of these for my Ikea swing tops. Replace every few uses.

http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/grolsch-gaskets.html

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Old 09-30-2012, 10:47 PM   #6
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I'd use the "o" rings. Other than cosmetic appeal there is no reason they won't work for beer. Every faucet in your house has them in it.

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