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Old 09-20-2013, 11:32 PM   #1
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Default Reusing beer bottles

I have been saving up some beer bottles I have been drinking from the store. I have been saving the bottles and the twist caps. Bottling day is soon approaching and I was wondering if I can use these. I plan to sanitize everything, I'm just concerned as to the twist caps. If I really screw them on tight is that going to work? Or should I just wait and save up for the bottle capper? I have some 1 liter Mr Beer bottles I have been using, but I'd like to start using bottles rather then plastic.

Thoughts? Has anyone done this? Am I setting up for a total FAIL?

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Old 09-20-2013, 11:35 PM   #2
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You're setting yourself up for failure. You can't reuse twist off bottles, even with a capper. The caps won't seal. I'd use the pet bottles you have rather then bothering with twist off bottles.

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Old 09-20-2013, 11:37 PM   #3
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your best bet is bottles that have PRY off caps, not twist off, those bottles, plus new crown caps and a handheld or bench capper. The twist off bottles are not reliable to recap.

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What about reusing the twist caps? I know I can't cap a pop cap on a twist bottle. I have the original twist caps to reused

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You're setting yourself up for failure. You can't reuse twist off bottles, even with a capper. The caps won't seal. I'd use the pet bottles you have rather then bothering with twist off bottles.
^^ yes this, use the plastic you have
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Old 09-20-2013, 11:39 PM   #6
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You probably won't get a good enough seal to carbonate your beer just twisting twist-off caps back on. Think about a 2-liter bottle of soda you open then leave in the fridge; you have to drink it before to long, or it goes flat.

A wing capper is $20 or less at your local homebrew store, and caps are pennies per dozen; if you'd like to bottle in glass, this is the way to go.

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Old 09-20-2013, 11:41 PM   #7
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You definitely can not reuse the caps. They will not seal properly.

Some have had limited success using twist off bottles, new crown caps with a bench capper. A twin handled capper will not work.

Best bet, ask friends to save pry off type bottles and buy a capper.

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As I understand, a bench capper will cap twist top bottles but it's not worth it. Get pry off bottles and use those mr. beer bottles.

After all the work you put into brewing, why risk the end result with a bad bottling process?

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I'm not sure if the twist off bottles in Newfoundland, Canada are different from those in other places but I've had absolutely no problems capping them with a wing capper. However I do buy caps from LHBS I do not reuse the ones that came on the bottles.

But now that I think about it why wouldn't twisting the (sanitized) cap back on and then setting it with a capper not give a good seal. Seems like it should work but I don't think I'll bother to experiment unless the cost of fresh caps goes thru the roof for some reason.

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I cap twist off bottles with 2 antique bench cappers and have no problem with them...after all that's how the breweries cap them.

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