Is there any way to cap beer bottles (500ml standard ale bottles brown) without that tool people tend to use? Do I really need to spend more money on more kit? Can I use a wine cork or reusable plastic cork? Sorry if this has been covered before I couldn't find the thread
I suppose you could, but I think the opening on a standard 12 oz beer bottle is bigger than the opening on a wine bottle so you'd need to find appropriately sized corks, which I'm not sure exist. I don't know what you mean by spending more money on more kit as your original kit should have included a capper.
The only thing more asinine than stupid rules is the enforcement of rules simply because they are the rules.
Not sure where your from, but theres a local microbrewery here near Vancouver BC called Howe Sound Brewing (http://www.howesound.com/home.aspx) that bottles their beer in 1L Grolsch style swing-top bottles (example: http://www.midwestsupplies.com/case-...les-amber.html). I got some of my buddies on board and we drank nothing but Howe Sound for awhile until I built up a collection. They also sell the bottles for .25 for used or .50 for new in the brewery, but it was kind of out of the way for me.
I'm pretty sure that Grolsch is available pretty much everywhere but I see these style bottles up on craigslist on almost a weekly basis when people do the switch from bottling to kegging and are looking to liquidate their bottle stock, if you're looking to save some cash. They're also available from almost any homebrew supplies shop/website.
Money an issue. Use santized plastic pop bottles with screw tops. Work good...look bad. Also must protect the beer from light to prevent skunking in the clear bottles. Also 40oz beer bottles work really well.
Kegged: Amber Ale,Margarita Spritzer
Bottled: Wicked Wheat, Christmas Amber
Future: Kentucky Common, California Common