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Old 02-09-2011, 02:23 AM   #1
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Can you carbonate beer in a Champagne bottle, if you have the plastic corks and wire to lock it down? I wanted to maybe do one champagne bottle of each brew to save for a later date.

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Old 02-09-2011, 02:38 AM   #2
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I've done them with caps and with corks and cages. Never with plastic corks but I imagine that's work (you'd definitely need the cages there).

When in doubt, fill one up with seltzer water or soda and see if it's still carbed in a couple of months.

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you can do it, but its a major pain. first you have to have a corker that will fit a champagne cork. most wine corkers won't. then you need corks and cages. for 1 bottle of every batch it just doesn't seem worth it. maybe bottle one in a 750ml beer bottle or a 22 oz bommer for similar effect.

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Old 02-09-2011, 02:44 AM   #4
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Seems ok to me. I have a few champagne bottles I had filled up with my second beer and it was still fine within a few months. A lot of bottles use them so it should last much longer than just a few months.

It wouldn't be useful for long term aging of course. (5+?)

You may also be able to get bottles that can be capped with an american capper. Those martenlli sparkling juice bottles seem to work for me.

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Maybe I'll stick with my 32oz Grolsh type bottle idea for each batch then.

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I've used them with plastic corks and cages and I have also capped them. Either way works, as long as the plastic corks are the right size. Capping is much easier.

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I have done this several times. I got the bottles that take regular crown caps, and usually use those. I have also used the plastic caps and they were great. You don't need a corker, just a hammer. Put the "cork" in as far as you can, then pound it in gently with a hammer and you're set. I have a 5+ year old barley wine in these. They hold carbonation perfectly. My one gripe is that the corks are hard as heck to get out. It takes some real elbow grease to losen them. I use bails on them, but I'm pretty sure that they're completely unnecessary, just extra insurance I suppose.

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you can do it, but its a major pain. first you have to have a corker that will fit a champagne cork. most wine corkers won't. then you need corks and cages. for 1 bottle of every batch it just doesn't seem worth it. maybe bottle one in a 750ml beer bottle or a 22 oz bommer for similar effect.
The plastic corks are much easier to insert than real champagne corks.

I've used Belgian corks with the Colona capper/corker in both champagne bottles and Belgian bottles.
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you can put standard beer cap on an American champagne bottle

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26 mm for American bottles.....29mm for European champagne bottles. You will need a different bell housing for the two caps.

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