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Old 10-06-2005, 04:33 AM   #1
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Quick question.
I used grolsch bottles for the 1st time and have just finished my the first one from that batch and it occurs to me... are the rubber seals reusable?
And as long as I'm here asking questions... is there any difference other than athstetic value to using them?
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Old 10-06-2005, 04:36 AM   #2
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yes, they are reusable many times. Take them off the caps when you sterilize to make sure you get them clean, but they will last for some time.

As for other differences... they are a HECK of a lot easier to use than a regular bottle with a cap. Just flip to close, and flip to open. These are the cadillacs of homebrew bottles, my friend.

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Thanks,
Someone gave me a couple dozen, he didnt home brew, he just collected them because he liked the bottles. I guess I'll bring him a few full one to say thanks
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I guess I'll bring him a few full one to say thanks
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Just make sure he gives them back to you in the end! Those things are great.

You can buy 'generic' grolsch-style bottles at any homebrew shop. The catch is that they cost $20 or more for 12 of them! If I could buy Grolsch in the stores around here, I probably would JUST to get the bottles. If you have enough of these, you never have to buy caps again!

One more thing about the seals... when they eventually DO wear out, you can buy new seals from a homebrew store or online site.

enjoy those bottles!

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Old 10-06-2005, 11:27 PM   #5
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Considering that Grolsch costs about $28 - $30 a case (24) in these parts, the beer is a bargain.
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Old 10-07-2005, 02:40 AM   #6
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To echo Walker, they do wear out.

Eventually they'll get a permanent ring embedded in it. After that they're pretty much gone.

You may want to consider boiling older ones in water for about 5 minutes. You'll be surprised at the gunk that comes off of them and floats to the top of the water. You want to make sure they're clean.
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You can buy 'generic' grolsch-style bottles at any homebrew shop. The catch is that they cost $20 or more for 12 of them! If I could buy Grolsch in the stores around here, I probably would JUST to get the bottles. If you have enough of these, you never have to buy caps again!
Just FYI guys, you can use the reg. bottle caps over and over again - if you remove them with say a lighter or soemthing else that pries it off instead of bending it off like most do. I bottle very little ill admit (thats what the keg's r for), but i have yet to ever *buy* bottle caps - i just take off normal caps a little more gently than the next guy, toss em in sanitizer when bottling day comes along and thats that.
hadn't seen it mentioned around the site yet so i just figured i'd offer that up to those interested
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Old 10-07-2005, 01:15 PM   #8
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that's a little more frugal than I care to be. seems too risky, but more power to you for pulling it off.

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picture the scene.
a crowded backyard bbq.
cases of homebrew.
fun
frolics
a bit of banter
and everyone gently prising the caps off their beer...
I could possible see it happening for the first few arrivals. thats about it though
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With the advent of ABV's up to 15% in NC I'm seeing lots of fliptops at the finer purveyors of beer and I've just been grabbing one or two a week, "emptying" the contents, and then using the bottles for homebrews. I've got 24 grolschies already, but I'm augmenting them now with 1/2L and 1L fliptops.


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