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Old 10-24-2009, 12:50 PM   #1
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Default Capping Heineken bottles

Last night I bottled my First batch of Apfelwein.
I used Heineken Bottles with oxygen barrier caps and a bench capper. After capping, I was able to twist some of the caps alittle bit. They moved slightly side to side, but if turned upside down, no liquid leaked out. This is the first time I used heineken bottles and the o2 caps. The caps still had star san on them when capped, could enable the cap to move? Or are those bottles that had movement not sealed?

On a side note, that Apfelwein is GOOD! I had a half of bottle left when done so I drank it. It taste great without carbanation. Next time I think I will split the batch.

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Old 10-24-2009, 01:04 PM   #2
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Heineken bottles have a very thin lip which may not always seal well with home capping equipment. Stick to bottles with a larger lip for the crown cap to grip like a conventional non-twist long neck.

BTW while it's not a problem with wine, green bottles are not the best color choice for beer use. Stick to brown bottles for beer to get better Uv protection.

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I use brown bottles for everything else. Wanted green for the Apfelwein. I just checked the bottles real quick, and could not find the ones that were able to twist. If they do twist, does that definetly mean they are not sealed? Nothing drips out. The few that are not sealed, i assume they will not carbonate, but will it still be drinkable? I actually wished that I kept some un-primed after tasting it.

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Old 10-24-2009, 02:31 PM   #4
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I don't remember why, but I read on the forum awhile back that Heineken bottles don't work for capping & should not be used. I think dimensions on them are different or something. Try a search.

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well that makes me wounder. i use a hand capper ( red Barron) and the bottles have been chilling since last month. i can turn them over and nothing drips out. it could just be that I'm Awesome . jk but i what would make it seal for me and not others?

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thanks for the thread man, I have 10 22oz hienys saved for my next batch I saw this post and capped 1 of them . Itdid the same thing

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FWIW, O2 barrier caps should not be sanitized with a wet sanitizer before use. They become activated and quickly lose their effectiveness. There really isn't a good process to use to sanitize them and retain their O2 absorption cabability.

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FWIW, O2 barrier caps should not be sanitized with a wet sanitizer before use. They become activated and quickly lose their effectiveness. There really isn't a good process to use to sanitize them and retain their O2 absorption cabability.
I see said the blind man to his deaf son... Making a note of this for not only the caps but the use of the hieny bottles I have been using... Sorry for the partial hijack but this is great information. Thanks..
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FWIW, O2 barrier caps should not be sanitized with a wet sanitizer before use. They become activated and quickly lose their effectiveness. There really isn't a good process to use to sanitize them and retain their O2 absorption cabability.
so, do you not sanitize them, or don't use them?
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Sounds like the problem I have with 22 oz of Becks. They are harder to cap than regular bottles and sometimes it looks capped but its not.

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