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Old 12-02-2013, 04:04 PM   #1
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Hey Everyone.

Just getting started making beer and was wondering if I could re-use my twist top bottles such as bud light etc. I know pry top bottles work good but I am unsure if I should waste my time cleaning my empties when it comes to twist offs.


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Old 12-02-2013, 04:23 PM   #2
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This is just my opinion and as such it may not be worth much but I think that buying new bottles is a better investment. Unless you break them, they are infinitely reusable so your cost over time approaches zero. I've also read that the twist off bottles don't cap well and may leak out the CO2 that you want for heading. It won't take many bottles of flat beer before the cost of new pry off bottles seems like a reasonable investment.



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Old 12-02-2013, 04:28 PM   #3
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You risk breaking the bottles when capping if using twist off longnecks from bud, miller or coors. The glass is too thin in the neck. Search the forum in this topic, as I have heard of others using twist off bottles of a higher quality.

I would swing by your LHBS and buy a couple cases of bottles you can properly cap. Or even better, buy some good craft beer and reuse the bottles. I actually have not had to buy any bottles, as all the ones I have are from beer consumed.
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Old 12-02-2013, 04:35 PM   #4
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Some people have had success with twist offs. Usually using a bench capper that does not have to grab the neck. Reusing twist off caps is just asking for problems.

You can reuse commercial pry off bottles. Go to a recycling center or ask your friends to drink better beer and save them for you.

For me I would not consider twist offs. It is not worth the risk that they will not seal properly.

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Old 12-02-2013, 04:38 PM   #5
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Twist off bottles can be re-capped using a bench capper, not a wing capper. Although to echo above statements, the glass is a bit thinner and it is worth investing in a few cases of good bottles. I say buy two cases just to get you started then start drinking decent craft brew as "research" for your next brew.

 
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How many you need to start? I have some clean ones I'll send you if you want. They still have the old original labels on them that you could soak off or leave as is. You would need to order some caps though. I may even have a hand capper you could have.

Shoot me a PM with your shipping address and tell me here how many you need and I'll see what I can do.

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How many you need to start? I have some clean ones I'll send you if you want. They still have the old original labels on them that you could soak off or leave as is. You would need to order some caps though. I may even have a hand capper you could have.

Shoot me a PM with your shipping address and tell me here how many you need and I'll see what I can do.

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Old 12-02-2013, 04:52 PM   #8
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Some people frown on this but I put an ad on Craigslist for bottles. Guy sold me 4 cases of Sierra Nevada bottles for $10. Soaked in uber hot water, like hot water + a pan of boiling water to the mix, with oxyclean for an hour. Scrubbed with bottle brush, think i'm good to do.

Also one of my customers brought be a case of 24oz bottles.

I know brew shop here sells for like $15/case. For that spend the extra $10 for a case of beer.

 
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Wow! I did not expect this many replies with in the hour! Thanks guys! I think I will just go invest in some new ones then! Yambor44 - Thanks for your offer though! Much appreciated! I had some given to me by a friend that had pry tops on them and got my first 5 gallons of AG bottled. I had the local bar save there bottles for me but now I think I may just toss those! Thanks again everyone!!

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Back before I noticed, I did do some bottling in twistoffs. They did work, but I did have several chipped rims(where did those glass fragments go?) and a couple of sheared-off necks. Now I avoid twistoffs.
Early on when I was short of useable bottles, I shot an email to friends asking for empties. It worked. It's amazing how many friends are willing to trade empties for fulls. The only bottles I would pay for are full ones of varieties I want to try.


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