So, this is something I've been kicking around for a while. A while back, a friend of mine gave me a used champagne bottle: Toad Hollow Risque
and thought I could use it for homebrewing. I thought that was a swell idea. So I used it a few times before I really payed closer attention to it. What I discovered is that it's just a regular wine/champagne bottle with a sort of metal collar that fits around the neck. The collar has holes to hold in place a swing top bale. Of course, I immediately saw potential for reproducing this on a large scale. I'm sick of buying 4 packs of Grolsch swing top bottles for 10 bucks.
The problem I've run into is the collar. I'm not sure what the hell it is. It easily snaps off into two separate pieces, like a sort of pinch clamp, but for the life of me I cannot find it on the net. Here's some close-up pictures. Sorry about the quality and size. I used my crappy cellphone camera:
And snapped off:
If anyone has any idea what this is, and better yet, where I can get a bunch of them, I'd be very grateful. I've thought about emailing the winery, Toad Hollow, to ask them about their bottle supplier. I doubt they'll really be able to tell me anything, but I guess it's worth a shot.
If I can't get my hands on these little collar things, I'll probably end up using some cheap 1-ear pinch clamps and drill holes into them to hold the bales in place.
If anyone else has done a project like this, please report on methods. Thanks!