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Old 07-17-2008, 05:12 AM   #1
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I'm probably about to be flogged for asking this question, but here it goes. Is it possible to successfuly cap threaded bottles with a crown capper? Will it hold pressure? Is it safe? Will the homebrew leak out its co2? Does anyone do this? I was looking at a Bud twist off cap today and thinking to myself, "well hell, this looks like it would be fine to just recap and twist off when ready!". So, I took an empty Bud lite bottle that my sis saved for me (sweet of her to do that, but I told her that I couldn't use them for homebrew....or can I!) and capped it. I filled it w/ water first, to check a liquid leak. I had to cap it twice (on the same cap) to get it even. It looks like it'll hold, but I wanted to ask. No water leakage, btw.

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Old 07-17-2008, 05:16 AM   #2
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It is not recommended, Twist off bottles are weaker than pop offs and tend to break. I dont think they will seal as well either.
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Old 07-17-2008, 05:54 AM   #3
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Just as you found out, it's possible but harder to get it on right. I agree they are more likely to break as well.

 
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Old 07-17-2008, 06:16 AM   #4
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Just for the hell of it, I think I'll bottle one or two and see what happens. I have figured out that this is what homebrewing is all about. Kind of a "what the hell....give it a try" attitude. Thanks for the quick replies. I'll let ya'll know how it turns out. I'll be bottling around next Wed or Thurs I would imagine. Traditional Irish Stout kit from Midwest Brewing Supply.

 
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Old 07-17-2008, 06:25 AM   #5
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if you have a bench capper - NO PROB BOB! iF YOU ARE USING A WING CAPPER....GOOD LUCK! Try to stick to Bud Bottles....and still...if you're using a wing capper....expect a few to break.
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Old 07-17-2008, 01:30 PM   #6
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Funny you should bring this up. Somehow some threaded bottles snuck into my stash (I've got to pay closer attention). I opened one last night that was capped with a wing capper. The seal was awful. I could have popped the cap off with my thumb. Needless to say, the beer was flat as could be. Tasty, but flat. I hope there aren't any more threaded bottles in there, but I'm not optimistic.

 
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Old 07-18-2008, 01:16 PM   #7
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I am about to start a test where I bottle a couple of beers from each batch in twistoffs (with a benchcapper).

The dry runs I've done so far held water and were very tight. I am concerned, however, about the flatness and thinness of the rim compared to recappable bottles.

We will see.

 
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Old 07-18-2008, 04:56 PM   #8
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I capped a few twist-offs on my last batch with a bench capper and I haven't had any problems. I may do more on my next batch.
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Old 07-18-2008, 05:20 PM   #9
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My Simple test before I used good beer was to dump a nearly frozen A&W root beer into a twist off bottle, cap it, then once it was warm I shook the crap out of it and held it under water to look for leaks. Since I found none, I've done 8 cases of twist tops and had no problems.
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Old 07-18-2008, 06:48 PM   #10
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I have a buddy that reuses not only the bottles but also the caps and just like a jar lid since the twist off they also twist back on. No need of a capper bench or winged.
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