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Old 07-28-2012, 05:05 PM   #1
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So I was strolling through Ikea last weekend with my lady when I strolled by a huge pallet of flip top bottles that were probably meant to be used for decoration, but me being the rebel and innovator I am went ahead and purchased two for bottling. I was wondering if anybody has ever used these Ikea flip tops for bottling? Do they hold up? Do their tops pop off under the pressure?

Secondly, I bottled a partial mash IPA the other day which let me tell you, tastes great un carbonated! But I went down to check on my bottles, and they're bubbling a good amount! I've never seen this with any of my other bottles, and am hoping I don't have some bottle bombs here shortly. Anyways, any reassurances, tips, etc. would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 07-28-2012, 05:15 PM   #2
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So I was strolling through Ikea last weekend with my lady when I strolled by a huge pallet of flip top bottles that were probably meant to be used for decoration, but me being the rebel and innovator I am went ahead and purchased two for bottling. I was wondering if anybody has ever used these Ikea flip tops for bottling? Do they hold up? Do their tops pop off under the pressure?
I would be extremely skeptical of any bottles that were not specifically made to withstand the pressures of carbonation. This only double to decorative bottles from IKEA.

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Secondly, I bottled a partial mash IPA the other day which let me tell you, tastes great un carbonated! But I went down to check on my bottles, and they're bubbling a good amount! I've never seen this with any of my other bottles, and am hoping I don't have some bottle bombs here shortly. Anyways, any reassurances, tips, etc. would be greatly appreciated.
If you're pretty sure the beer finished, and you added an appropriate amount of bottling sugar, you're probably fine. Not much to do but wait and see.
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Old 07-28-2012, 05:24 PM   #3
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I would be extremely skeptical of any bottles that were not specifically made to withstand the pressures of carbonation. This only double to decorative bottles from IKEA.



If you're pretty sure the beer finished, and you added an appropriate amount of bottling sugar, you're probably fine. Not much to do but wait and see.
I only bought two because I am skeptical as well, so we'll see with those Haha. And I was pretty sure I was just being too worrisome about the carbonation. It did finish, it stayed at the same FG for 2 weeks, but I kind of surprised me. Thanks for the help sir!
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Bought one of those Slom Ikea swing tops. Bottle conditioned 2 cider batches in it. Worked great! No explosions. I'll be picking more up soon.

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Bought one of those Slom Ikea swing tops. Bottle conditioned 2 cider batches in it. Worked great! No explosions. I'll be picking more up soon.
Nice! If these work good for me too I might be heading up again to pick up some more.
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if they actualy say EZ Cap in a fancy font on the bottom and weigh a pound for a 1 liter, they are the same homebrewing bottles.

Most are thin and just decorative but I did get 24 clear 1-liters for $35 at Ikea.

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I have never seen any flip top bottles in IKEA that I would trust to be strong enough to handle carbination preassuers when bottling, but YMMV. I have also never seen any dark colored flip top bottles in IKEA. The only ones that I have ever looked at were clear.

Assuming they are clear, if your bottles don't explode, make sure to keep them in the dark as your beer may skunk quickly.

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I own several of those IKEA flip-top bottles. They're great, but I would not trust the glass to be sturdy enough to hold carbonation. I use them more for homemade extracts, liquor infusions, sour mix and other assorted cooking/mixology ****. That being said, though, I've never tried. You could always just fill one of them at bottling, put it somewhere safe and see if it explodes. I mean, they're only like $.99 or whatever.

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You could always just fill one of them at bottling, put it somewhere safe and see if it explodes. I mean, they're only like $.99 or whatever.
Yeah, but homebrew is priceless.
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