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Old 06-07-2008, 10:02 PM   #1
Jun 2008
Beaverton, OR
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Do you guys reuse your bottle caps? It seems like it would be hard to do after taking a bottle opener to them.

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Old 06-07-2008, 10:04 PM   #2
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You can, but you have to mold them back into shape pretty precisely. They're cheap enough that I wouldn't bother.
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Old 06-07-2008, 11:14 PM   #3
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That's not the place to try to save a few pennies. It's an invitation to infection and or oxidation and flat beer.

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Old 06-07-2008, 11:25 PM   #4
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We've jabbered about this before. Bottom line is, if you're so broke that you need to pinch pennies by reusing bottle caps (and believe me, a few pennies will be all that you'll save), then perhaps you should be working a second job instead of brewing. Just sayin.
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Old 06-09-2008, 02:15 PM   #5
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Western PA
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I am about to find out. By my stupidity I was short 6 caps when I bottled yesterday. I dug some out of the trash , cleaned, sanitized, and used them. I'll let everyone know how they worked after a couple of weeks.

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Old 06-09-2008, 03:35 PM   #6
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At $3.00 for 300 caps I doubt it would be worth the effort.

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Old 01-11-2012, 03:14 PM   #7
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just to add to this old thread, bottle caps aren't as cheap as that over here, for 300 bottle caps you would pay the equivalent in dollar of about $8, still relatively cheap though!

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Old 01-11-2012, 03:24 PM   #8
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Without buying thousands of caps I've never seen them for $3 for 300 caps. Austin Homebrew sells 60 for $1.50 and 640 for $14. My LHBS is $3.00 for 100 for the cheapest caps. Still not enough of an expense to bother reusing them though for sure.

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Old 01-11-2012, 03:26 PM   #9
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I use plastic 1L beer bottles from my LHBS, with plastic caps. Infinitely reuseable, makes bottling day nice to, since I generally only have to fill/cap 20-22 bottles instead of 50 something.

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Old 01-11-2012, 03:35 PM   #10
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I can pop them off with a ligher or just about anything. They come off straight, not bent like they do with an operner. I have reused them on a few bottles simply because I ran a few short. I can't just go buy some here. I sure not going to do it to save 2¢ a bottle.
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