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Old 10-13-2010, 08:07 PM   #1
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Can a proper fit still be made with a capper by saving caps from twist off bottles? I know they aren't flayed like unused caps from LHBS, but with a capper can you make a good fit? I was thInking about pouring fresh sprite in a bottle, attempting to reuse a twist off cap and open it in a week to see if it was still carbonated. Anyone tried this before with positive or negative results? I'm big on recycling and these caps are trash unless I can reuse them. Thanks in advance!

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Caps are dirt cheap, why would you even want to risk anything by trying to reuse what is probably the cheapest thing we use in brewing there is?

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Caps are dirt cheap, why would you even want to risk anything by trying to reuse what is probably the cheapest thing we use in brewing there is?
Guess I should stop reusing my water than.........
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I would be interested in this expirement because then this means that I could reuse those caps with those bottles... I have a lot friends that would be willing to donate twist off bottles and caps

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Bottles are cheap too, I never understood why people have problems finding bottles. We have old bins full of thousands of bottles, even if we didn't I'm sure I could find a brewpub somewhere to donate them, or a dang recycle bin somewhere or something? I'm confused.

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Bottles are cheap too, I never understood why people have problems finding bottles. We have old bins full of thousands of bottles, even if we didn't I'm sure I could find a brewpub somewhere to donate them, or a dang recycle bin somewhere or something? I'm confused.
my friends would wash them out, so they are clean. Bars and stuff will have crab going in them... just one more worry or step in the cleaning process
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I've never tried recapping a used cap onto a bottle but I have tried twisting it back onto the bottle. I put some pop into the bottle and had it upside down for 5 minutes and gave it a shake too. No leaks!

Like everyone else, I wouldn't recommend doing this. In a pinch maybe but it's really not worth the risk.

I actually lucked out and found someone getting out of brewing beer who sold me 2100 bottle caps for $25!

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So is it plausible? And I stated the reason why, these caps are TRASH unless I find a way to reuse them.
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I would be interested in this expirement because then this means that I could reuse those caps with those bottles... I have a lot friends that would be willing to donate twist off bottles and caps
I would not advise re-using twist off bottles to put non-twist caps on, they do NOT create a proper seal and your alcohol will come out flat. However, if you are able to tighten it up enough I wonder if using twist off bottles and tops would be a good alternative! I've been having to recycle bottles because they're twist-off, it'd be awesome if I could just re-use them!
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Go for it. Personally, never tried it and no interest. The question is why?? I'm with Revy on this one. Sometimes you can cut corners--but sometimes really not worth it. My opinion, of course.

Personally, I spring for the oxygen absorbing caps and consider those a worthwhile investment.

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