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Old 06-25-2012, 07:14 PM   #1
Jun 2012
Maryville, TN
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I asked my friends to save their beer bottles for me so I can use those instead of buying them all the time.
A question popped up that I don't know the answer too...
Will screw cap bottles work? Will the cap seal well enoygh with a bottle capper??
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:19 PM   #2
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I've heard that you can cap them with a bench capper, although I never have. You may want to read around and see if you'd need special caps or anything like that before giving it a try.
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:35 PM   #3
Jan 2012
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Just my $0.02 but I have read over and over to NEVER use screw top bottles. Well, unless you have an industrial capper anyway. The glass is thinner and is much more susceptible to breaking.

What has worked for a lot of people is they have their local bar/pub save empties for them. You'll have to wash them obviously but they usually get them free of charge. Guinness bottles work the best for me!
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:39 PM   #4
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I have friends that say their bench cappers can handle them without problems with leaks or breaks. My own experience is that it works for the most part, but I have had some that didn't carb properly and I suspect that it was due the seal (other bottles including non-screw cap bottles carbed up just fine in the same time period). I only use them now if I didn't plan properly and ran out of clean non-screw cap bottles.

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Old 06-25-2012, 08:43 PM   #5
Nov 2009
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The reason wing cappers won't work on twist offs is because the little lip the capper holds onto is not the same. I also had a problem capping some short bottles like Abita bottles. I have a benchtop not and don't have a problem with either type bottle.

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Old 06-25-2012, 08:54 PM   #6
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I've always heard don't use them but I've accidentally had a couple in the set before and they seemed to cap with no problem. shook it a bit, turned it upside down, etc, no beer came out.

I generally toss them, but couldn't hurt to hang on to 10 or so just in case you get to bottling day and realize you only have 45 bottles.

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Old 06-25-2012, 09:26 PM   #7
Feb 2012
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Due to running low on bottles, I just capped a case (Boulevard wheat bottles) of twist tops with my wing capper. No breaks and so far they're sealing fine.
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Old 06-25-2012, 11:45 PM   #8
Aug 2011
Los Angeles, CA
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I've bottled maybe 10-20 screw cap bottles. They work, and bottle condition fine. BUT they are a pain. My redwing capper gets stuck on them sometimes. Other times the alignment is just off, and the cap seems off centered.

I have also managed to break 4 bottles, and now I just recycle the bottles.

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Old 06-25-2012, 11:53 PM   #9
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I have seen screw on caps at Friar Tuck Beverage (where I buy most craft beers). I have never tried them since virtually all beers I drink are pop off tops and I did buy a case of bomber bottles for half my Witbier.
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Old 06-26-2012, 01:45 PM   #10
Mar 2012
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Ive used screw tops (yeunglings) since ive started with no problems other than what scuba stan mentioned. They tend to get stuck in the wing capper. No breaks or bombs to date. Im planning on transitioning them out eventually, but theyre workable for now & I only have about 150 or so bottles.

If you want to use them with a wing capper, make sure the glass has a crown on top beneath the lip.
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