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Old 06-29-2009, 07:10 PM   #1
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Quick efficiency tip i just picked up. If youre looking to save as much money as possible, and youre a bottler, this may help a bit. I open almost all my bottles with lighters, don't know why, it's just a habit now. I realized that when I used a lighter, the cap came off without any bends, it looked perfect. So I took an empty bottle filled it with water and capped her with one of the lighter caps. Works like a charm no leaking whatsoever. Maybe this can help some of us with tight pockets. I know it's very cheap, but for me, part of the fun is getting my cost per bottle to a minimum.

 
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Old 06-29-2009, 07:19 PM   #2
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I can get 144 caps for $3.95. If you are too cheap to buy caps then this hobby is not for you.

 
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Old 06-29-2009, 07:20 PM   #3
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I think I purchased 2 POUNDS of bottle caps, for like $2. It was ridiculously cheap.

Besides, I open mine with my wedding ring. I'm not giving up that cool factor to save $.004.
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Old 06-29-2009, 07:21 PM   #4
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Erm, I would try this on one or two bottles while bottle conditioning before I did any sort of a large scale test. A bottle that's bottle conditioning is going to have more force exerted on the cap than an empty bottle. I think this is an instance where it's going to be worth spending the $.015/bottle.
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Old 06-29-2009, 07:29 PM   #5
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Don't think I'll risk a 30 or 40 dollar batch because of $2 worth of caps, thats just me....
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Old 06-29-2009, 07:31 PM   #6
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Quote:
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I think I purchased 2 POUNDS of bottle caps, for like $2. It was ridiculously cheap.

Besides, I open mine with my wedding ring. I'm not giving up that cool factor to save $.004.
I used to do the same thing until I lost my ring cliff diving into the Colorado River. My new ring is more rounded and slips on half the caps.

 
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Old 06-29-2009, 07:39 PM   #7
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That's why I keep mine safely stored in the night stand where I won't lose it.

 
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Old 06-29-2009, 07:44 PM   #8
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I never thought about caps being much of a factor when it comes to the overall cost of a beer. I don't bottle that much, only if I fill the keg and still have some left over, lately I have been getting a 6 pack but still not work it.

 
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Old 06-29-2009, 07:50 PM   #9
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You are right this is for the ULTIMATE penny pincher.

 
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Old 06-29-2009, 07:55 PM   #10
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All fine and dandy until you lose a couple bottles per batch because of a bad seal and you are in the red. Then you can start a thread about how your cheap ass cost yourself money.

 
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