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Old 05-05-2010, 07:27 PM   #1
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My Wife and I used to make wine, but she can't drink anymore, so I thought I'd make use of all the equipment and try my hand at beer. I Have cases of wine bottles, and I was wondering if I could use them to bottle beer in? I guess my biggest concern is that the corks would just shoot out of them. Anyone use wine bottles for beer?

 
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Old 05-05-2010, 07:32 PM   #2
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Sorry to say, you shouldn't use wine bottles for beer. Two main reasons- one, the corks will shoot out as soon as it's carbonating; second, wine bottles aren't designed to hold pressure and they will explode if the cork doesn't pop out to relieve the pressure.

You can use champagne bottles, since they are designed to hold pressure.
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Old 05-05-2010, 07:34 PM   #3
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OK, thanks. Sorta suspected that would be the answer. Maybe I can trade my boxes of wine bottles for boxes of beer bottles at the brew store . . .

 
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Old 05-05-2010, 07:34 PM   #4
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Unfortunately, everything I've read has suggested that the corks will just shoot out of them. I managed to get all my bottles for free though. Just ask anyone you know that drinks beer from pop top bottles. I guess you do need a capper and some caps, but a hand capper works well for me and isn't too terribly expensive. And caps are way cheaper than corks.

 
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Old 05-05-2010, 07:37 PM   #5
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When I was starting out I threw a BYOB party and recommended that my friends bring their favorite Craft Brew. Netted about 100 bottles.

 
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Old 05-05-2010, 07:41 PM   #6
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You could try apfelwein and bottle it in your wine bottles? Many people seem to enjoy it without carbonation. Check out the sticky in the wine making part of this forum for a good recipe.

 
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Old 05-05-2010, 07:54 PM   #7
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I just called the home brewing store her, and he said it would cost about $40 for bottles. They can't take my wine bottles, but figured I could sell 'em on craigslist, so I'll probably do that.

 
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Old 05-05-2010, 08:56 PM   #8
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I just called the home brewing store her, and he said it would cost about $40 for bottles. They can't take my wine bottles, but figured I could sell 'em on craigslist, so I'll probably do that.
Just start buying beers that are not twist offs and save the bottles

 
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Old 05-05-2010, 09:01 PM   #9
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Just start buying beers that are not twist offs and save the bottles
agreed - i mean you gotta have some beers to drink while you are waiting on yours to get ready to drink. no need in buying new bottles that are empty.
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Old 05-05-2010, 09:03 PM   #10
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I just called the home brewing store her, and he said it would cost about $40 for bottles. They can't take my wine bottles, but figured I could sell 'em on craigslist, so I'll probably do that.
Was that $40 for a case? Because if so I love that strategy, pay $40 for a case of empty beer or you can go to your local beer store and pay $40 for a case of bottles with good beer in them...

 
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