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Old 04-06-2011, 06:40 PM   #11
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I was just wondering about this myself so I went downstairs and capped a twist off with my winged capper. The capper was almost stuck in the down position around the bottle but the cap held the water I filled the bottle up with when shaking it upside down.

I'm not sure if it would hold the pressure of a carbonated beer though. When I went to twist it off, the cap came off very easily. I'm sure if I would have just bumped the cap on something it would have come off.

 
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Old 04-06-2011, 07:04 PM   #12
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it will usually work but if the cap doesn't seal completely then you won't get any carbonation in your bottle. not worth the risk, me thinks

 
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Old 04-06-2011, 07:13 PM   #13
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Find a bar and go out back to their dumpster. Had no bottles on bottling day a while ago and got around 75 bottles in about 15 minutes. Just make sure you clean them really well...

 
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Old 04-19-2011, 01:20 AM   #14
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i have a ton of bottles now. my first batch is bottled and gone, guys at work loved it and all who had it have been bringing me empties since. i have a batch of brown ale going right now in the fermenter, similar to DFH Indian Brown Ale, i used saaz hops. ABV is gonna finish around 7-7.25%. 5 days in fermenter so far, OG 1.068, down to 1.014 already, still bubbling every minute or so. can't wait to bottle this one.
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Old 04-19-2011, 02:03 PM   #15
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^^^That sounds tasty. I found a craft brew (I forget which one atm)that used Saaz hops,& wow! I love the spice flavors from that one! I have to come up with a good recipe to showcase Saaz hops now.
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Old 04-19-2011, 02:10 PM   #16
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Twist off bottles using pry-off or universal caps so far no issue whatsoever, but I have a bench capper. Friend of mine is in the same boat, no issues so far.

 
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Old 04-19-2011, 02:40 PM   #17
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I have found that asking friends is a great way to get bottles, also free cycle since there are generally people in your area having parties. Also I found that Samual Smith has the best bottles ever (they are actually better quality than the ones I buy from the LHBS) but that beer is prohibitively expensive to get a whole case of it. I have found it's good to have about 100 12oz bottles if you are a steady drinker and brewer since I bet on 50 bottles come bottling day +- 5 and having an extra empty set is great. The only problem is storing 50 empty bottles.

 
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