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Old 11-30-2010, 04:45 AM   #1
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So, this is something I've been kicking around for a while. A while back, a friend of mine gave me a used champagne bottle: Toad Hollow Risque and thought I could use it for homebrewing. I thought that was a swell idea. So I used it a few times before I really payed closer attention to it. What I discovered is that it's just a regular wine/champagne bottle with a sort of metal collar that fits around the neck. The collar has holes to hold in place a swing top bale. Of course, I immediately saw potential for reproducing this on a large scale. I'm sick of buying 4 packs of Grolsch swing top bottles for 10 bucks.

The problem I've run into is the collar. I'm not sure what the hell it is. It easily snaps off into two separate pieces, like a sort of pinch clamp, but for the life of me I cannot find it on the net. Here's some close-up pictures. Sorry about the quality and size. I used my crappy cellphone camera: And snapped off:

If anyone has any idea what this is, and better yet, where I can get a bunch of them, I'd be very grateful. I've thought about emailing the winery, Toad Hollow, to ask them about their bottle supplier. I doubt they'll really be able to tell me anything, but I guess it's worth a shot.

If I can't get my hands on these little collar things, I'll probably end up using some cheap 1-ear pinch clamps and drill holes into them to hold the bales in place.

If anyone else has done a project like this, please report on methods. Thanks!



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Old 11-30-2010, 10:57 PM   #2
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Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?



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Old 11-30-2010, 11:47 PM   #3
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smaller pics please

nobody wants to wait 10 min

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not sure what that is called, but someone with a cnc machine should be able to bust out a ton of those and then you just need to roll them to get that curve. i would go to a couple of metal working shops in your area and take it with you, tell them you want like 100 of them and see what they can do for you.

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Old 12-02-2010, 05:49 AM   #5
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smaller pics please

nobody wants to wait 10 min
Sorry, didn't realize people were still using dial-up ISP. j/k I used my cam phone, so...

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not sure what that is called, but someone with a cnc machine should be able to bust out a ton of those and then you just need to roll them to get that curve. i would go to a couple of metal working shops in your area and take it with you, tell them you want like 100 of them and see what they can do for you.
Hmm, I'll look into that, but one thing that is tricky is that the little "tabs" are punched out with a slope so that they lock into the corresponding side.

I think I might just use some pinch clamps and drill my own holes. Won't look as slick as these, but will work fine.

Thanks for the reply.
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I came across this today, they are called neck clips. http://www.unitedbottles.com/catalogue/corks.php
But you probably need to buy a case of 800 from this supplier.

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I came across this today, they are called neck clips. http://www.unitedbottles.com/catalogue/corks.php
But you probably need to buy a case of 800 from this supplier.
Those are nice, I can't imagine them sitting for long if a homebrew shop would stock them. Buying 800 at a time just isn't reasonable.
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Those are probably punched out of sheet stock, and then formed into semicircles.

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I came across this today, they are called neck clips. http://www.unitedbottles.com/catalogue/corks.php
But you probably need to buy a case of 800 from this supplier.
Wow! I can't believe somebody was able to find these. Amazing!

Problem with that site is that there's no online order form, and there's no link for contact info.

Anybody got a line on this?

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maybe try contacting this guy...

pascal.thibault@unitedbottles.com
www.unitedbottles.com
(450.622.1600 ext.243)


he posts on probrewer
http://probrewer.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=19580



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