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Old 11-10-2010, 12:55 PM   #1
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I was wondering if there would be a problem with using IBC Root Beer bottles for bottling my beer. They are 2 6pks for $5 at my grocery store, and they are brown bottles. I would do an overnight OxyClean Free soak and then run them through the dishwasher before using them.

At $10/case, it's an unbeatable price. Too bad I don't like root beer...

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a bottle is a bottle is a bottle, right?

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I thought that IBC rootbeer are twist-offs are they not?

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I thought that IBC rootbeer are twist-offs are they not?
Crap, I knew there had to be a reason. Is there any way to cap with normal caps on a twist off bottle?
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I have read that a bench capper will do it but not a wing-capper.

However, I think the glass on those is dreadfully thin compared to some higher-quality craft beer bottles.

I wouldn't risk it when a case of new beer bottles is just a few dollars more.

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Here they look like normal caps.

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They are normal caps. But they use precise machinery to crimp them on and actually put a little bit of a "twist" in the metal to help you twist them off. Take a REALLLLY close look at them compared to a pop-off beer bottle.

Not saying it can't be don eby a homebrewer. But I've read too many stories about people using twistys to want to chance it personally.

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If you look closely at the blue caps, in white letters it says "twist off" with arrows...

I have successfully capped twist offs with my bench capper though.

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I am lucky I live in a state that has a bottle redemption law, you pay a deposit on all bottles (cept milk products) and then you return them and get your deposit back. So all I need to do is go to a "redemption" center and buy the bottles from them.

I don't bottle much I keg but I did score two cases of old school bar bottles with the original bar bottle case boxes for $5 a case

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I've bottled with twist-off bottles a few times, I broke a few, and a few worked. For my money I'd just buy some good craft beer. You can also use coke bottles, just keep them out of the light... and brew a stout so you can take them places that don't allow alcohol

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