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Old 03-12-2011, 05:05 PM   #1
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Default Is my method for testing a bottle to be reused good enough?

I have almost a case of Anchor bottles, but I read that someone had an issue reusing them. What I did, was fill the bottle halfway with water, capped it, flipped it upside down and let is sit in an empty plastic cup. 2 days later there was no sign of water having leaked out. Can I conclude that this bottle is safe to re-cap?

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Old 03-12-2011, 05:09 PM   #2
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What issues are people saying they are having? I've never heard of anything.

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I don't recall what issue the person had, just that he decided to not use the anchor bottles. I read about this on a different site.

I was unsure of problems myself, and wanted to know whether or not my testing method was sufficient. Just because water didn't leak, i don't know if I can conclude that CO2 won't leak.

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I was unsure of problems myself, and wanted to know whether or not my testing method was sufficient. Just because water didn't leak, i don't know if I can conclude that CO2 won't leak.
I don't think you can conclude that CO2 won't leak because it is water tight. You could put a little sugar, water, and bread yeast in there; cap it, put a balloon over it; and see if the balloon inflates.
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I was unsure of problems myself, and wanted to know whether or not my testing method was sufficient. Just because water didn't leak, i don't know if I can conclude that CO2 won't leak.
I don't think that would be a good test either. I think perhaps getting an alkaseltzer tablet, breaking it in half, add water til you got the headspace you normally would with bottling beer, add the alka seltzer, cap it, then take a condum, little balloon or even a finger or thumb off a rubber glove, slip that over the cap part of the bottle and then add a rubber band below the cap line, and monitor it to see if it inflates or not.
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I've only read that some people have trouble getting the cap on, due to thinner glass. If you have no issues with that I would guess you are good to go.

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I use some Anchor bottle without any problems at all. Go ahead.

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@Revvy, that's a great idea

@eanmcnulty, thanks for the confirmation

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the capper you own will also determine how easily or difficult bottles are to cap.

I couldn't cap any Guinness, and half of New Beliguim bottles with my wing capper but my bench capper does great job.

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When you say "couldn't cap", what do you mean?

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