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Old 10-20-2008, 09:23 PM   #21
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I like 20 oz. bottles of BrouCzech and Rebel.



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Old 10-20-2008, 11:19 PM   #22
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10 64oz Growlers with the flip top.



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Old 10-20-2008, 11:35 PM   #23
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Get a bench capper and you can recap any bottle easily. I have recapped many a twist off bottle with a wing capper. Just give then a shake to see if they seal.
Don't you have to worry about the twist off bottles exploding if you bottle condition?
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Old 10-21-2008, 10:46 AM   #24
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Don't you have to worry about the twist off bottles exploding if you bottle condition?
My short answer is "no".

My longer answer is "no, but I don't treat any of my bottles (twistoff or otherwise) roughly, I weigh my sugar and prime to style, and do not have any problems with uneven carbonation to start with. I do not think that twistoffs are especially susceptible to bombing."
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Old 10-21-2008, 11:15 PM   #25
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Another option is Muritic (sp) acid. I bought some at the local Hardware store, mixed 1/3-2/3 acid/water and soaked some corrona bottles for my apfelwein..... 15 min to completely remove the paint. Just scrub with a scotch brite spunge and it will wipe right off. Works good on rogue bottles too, usually a hair longer to get the paint all the way off 20 min or so.

I fill my bottles to the top with clean water before setting in the bucket, gives them weight, as well as trying to keep any unwanted stuff out of the inside of the bottle. Then just fill up till it covers the painted part and wait 15-20 min and wipe off the paint.

I may have to try that. Some of the painted bottles I could not get the paint off with the Star San, like the Rogue Bottles and The Double Bastard bottles. All of the other Stone bottles came clean...weird.
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Old 10-22-2008, 12:07 PM   #26
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Well if your 'friends' are supplying the bottles.... See if they can stomach the 22oz Bud Ale bottles. I tried one a couple of weeks ago just to give it fair review and to my surprise it had a non-twist lid....

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Old 10-23-2008, 04:58 PM   #27
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Is there a reason that you would cork a bottle instead of capping it? I have some 750ml belgian bottles that I was thinking about getting a corker for but if I dont need to spend that money then I wont.

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Old 10-23-2008, 05:00 PM   #28
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Carta Blanca, tecate, etc, come in recappable quarts. .
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They work great!

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Is there a reason that you would cork a bottle instead of capping it? I have some 750ml belgian bottles that I was thinking about getting a corker for but if I dont need to spend that money then I wont.
Some of the Belgian 750ml bottles are not capable while others are. The ones that come in champagne bottles can be capped with a larger sized cap and bell for the capper. The others that have a more rounded lip only take corks.

American sparkling wine and sparkling juice bottles use a standard cap but wing cappers have a problem with the thicker neck.

Recently watching a show on Champagne I found out why Champagne bottles take caps. It turns out Champagne makers cap the bottles initially then age them with the caps allowing them to bottle carbonate. They store them neck down so the yeast settles into the neck. Once they finish conditioning they freeze the necks to create a solid plug from the yeast. Then pop the top and all the pressure to force the plug from the bottle. Then they cork the bottles and label for sale.

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Old 11-27-2008, 06:03 AM   #30
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I know a lot of champagne bottles can be capped as long as you buy the 29mm replacement housing for you wing capper which is only a couple of bucks. Then you could have 1.5L bottles of your brew.



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