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Old 07-06-2008, 12:17 AM   #1
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i have been told that twist top bottles will not work with the bottle caps /capper from LHB stores. is this true?

if so does anyone know why? they get pricey quick brewing a batch a week .


i am hoping to buy a keg system but first i want to get the stuff for all grain

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Old 07-06-2008, 12:30 AM   #2
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yes they are not a crown style top. and you can't cap them with the capper. Only crown style bottles can be re used.

I just collected brown bottles from friends and drank domestic beer and saved bottles as i first started brewing. It takes a while but eventually you will have a stock pile..

You will be very happy with all grain man.. Good luck on your supplies and happy brewing.!!

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Old 07-06-2008, 12:31 AM   #3
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squeekysheep,

from what i have read and my experience, twist top bottles work best w/ the original cap carefully twisted back on. That being said, a heavier crown cap bottle will withstand more pressure and will probably be better sealed w/ a crimped crown cap.

Crimping caps on twist offs is not really the intended use??

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Old 07-06-2008, 12:39 AM   #4
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k just figured i would get the opinion of the wonderful folk here. i had a batch i wanna bottle tomorrow and i might be a few bottles short.


the bad news is my local store is closed on Sunday and Monday. the good news is i am off and will have to drink 6 bottles before i bottle the new brew.


Life is rough

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Old 07-06-2008, 12:42 AM   #5
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From what I've read/heard, a bench capper WILL work with twist offs, a wing capper will not. I just bottled a batch today with a bench capper and I used 3 twist off bottles just to see. I'll let you know in a few weeks how it goes.

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For the record, I have a few twistoff bottles floating around in my bottle inventory, and I bottle just fine with a wing capper.

Twistoffs are not ideal because the glass is thinner at the top of the bottle for repeated capping attempts, and there's a possibility of CO2 leaking out if it's not crimped properly. A bench capper is better because it forces the cap down evenly around the lip of the bottle, where a wing capper kinda crunches in from the sides. It's easier to break the glass that way although personally I never have.

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Old 07-06-2008, 02:09 PM   #7
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Go to the bar and ask the bartender/barback if you can have a case or two of bottles. A $5 tip is usually worth it.
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I have capped over a thousand twistoffs with a wing capper, and only broke 3 of them.
bud bottles work fine

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im with jeff, i use a wing capper with twist offs, and it works just fine.
ive got the plastic capper, and a steel one, i prefer the steel one.

ive only snapped a handfull of bottle necks.

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Never snapped a bottle neck.

A bench capper WILL bottle any kind of bottle. Wing cappers typically do not work on twist offs because the bottle lacks a lip for the wing capper mechanism to grab. it grabs, and then pulls the cap down and crimps it.

a bench capper pushes the cap down, and crimps it, so it needs no lip.

+1 for asking a local bar/tavern/pub if you can haul away his empties.
some people also dig thru the public recycling bins.

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