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Old 11-22-2011, 11:56 AM   #1
Pennachi
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Is there any reason a cleaned and sanitized liquor bottle (ie Jack) can't be reused to bottle mead or cider?
Can I reuse the screw top or should I try to find an appropriate sized cork?

 
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Old 11-22-2011, 12:06 PM   #2
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A screw top will let air and bacteria in, so it is no good for the long haul. Are you using the Jack bottle just for aesthetics or because it is what is available?

 
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Old 11-22-2011, 12:06 PM   #3
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As long as the closure seals, and there is no carbonation going on, use any container. I started bottling with 12 oz longnecks, moved on to champaign bottles, then to 2 liter plastic soda bottles. (2L bottles usually prompt an amazed look when the question is: Want a beer!) Someday I'll use the 5 gal soda kegs that I bought.

If you are unsure of the seal, try the cork, or 1 or 2 layers of plastic "saran" wrap under the screw cap.

 
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Old 11-22-2011, 12:15 PM   #4
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Aesthetics, I think it would be cool, and I like the cork idea

 
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Old 11-22-2011, 12:17 PM   #5
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I guess the screw cap plus wax would work too, right?

 
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Old 11-23-2011, 05:46 AM   #6
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i've been reusing screw top wine bottles (which is 90% of wine here). as long as the seal isn't damaged (or missing!) they seal up fine. i've had no leaks at all.

 
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