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Old 03-22-2013, 03:56 PM   #11
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Oh I agree. I'm not saying they have to have to be in Champagne-style bottles, I'm just saying that's why many breweries use them for the larger formats. Most of the Belgian styles (domestic or imported) I've seen come in corked 750 mL bottles or smaller capped bottles. A small (330 mL) Westmalle bottle is made of nice thick glass.


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there are a number of corked bottles that can be capped if you get a 29mm bell for your capper (and 29 mm caps, obviously).


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there are a number of corked bottles that can be capped if you get a 29mm bell for your capper (and 29 mm caps, obviously).
That's another great idea. I raided the neighbor recycling bins after new years to bottle my high co2 ciders. Many of the Champange bottles have a 'lip' you can cap as well as cork. The 29mm bell is not compatible with hand cappers though , you need a bench capper.
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The 29mm bell is not compatible with hand cappers though , you need a bench capper.
Here you go. $2.99 if you have a Red Baron wing capper.

http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/2...new-agata.html
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Here you go. $2.99 if you have a Red Baron wing capper.

http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/2...new-agata.html
Arrr! Salt in the wounds! Oh well, I wanted a bench capper anyways. (damn LHBS)
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True Belgians are highly carbonated, almost twice as much pressure as a standard ale. Regular beer glass isn't built to hold that much pressure, thus the heavy duty champagne style bottles and corks used for true bottle conditioned Belgians. If you plan on cold storage or lower carbonation, you should be fine.
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heavy duty champagne style bottles and corks used for true bottle conditioned Belgians.
the thick glass is needed, but the corks aren't required. a well-pressed cap can handle the pressure just fine.
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the thick glass is needed, but the corks aren't required. a well-pressed cap can handle the pressure just fine.
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http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/7...wn-finish.html

It's probably safest to use the special thick glass bottles for bottling highly carbonated Belgian beers, but I use regular 12 oz and 22 oz bottles at 4.0 vol CO2 without any issues.

You can also use 26mm crown finish champagne bottles if your LHBS has them.

Capping is a little easier to do, but if you have a corker already corked bottles are undeniably cool. You do need a special corker and there is a little bit of a learning curve for corking champagne and Belgian beer bottles that require the cork to be seated to a certain depth.


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