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Old 09-11-2008, 11:05 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by ma2brew View Post
I believe another issue here isn't just the pressure of the expending cork on the inside of the neck, but also that many cork pullers use the rim of the bottle as a fulcrum to pull the cork. The ones that don't, and that are simple a screw with a T-handle leave you potentially holding a bottle by the neck, where it is likely to break, while you forcefully yank the cork out.

The rim, and necks of wine bottles are reinforced for just these purposes.

I wonder if the screw tops for the brown plastic bottles that some brewers use will fit these threads? I think those can even be reused a time or two.
That's a good point- I never thought of that! Getting the corks in is one thing- getting them out might cause some broken bottles. They are soda bottles, designed to hold carbonation pressure, so they won't explode when capped, but they may not be able to take the pressure on the neck from the opener.

As far as how long a test should be, I'd say a few days would give you an indication as to how far it'll seep down.
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Old 09-12-2008, 02:56 AM   #12
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My LHBS guy told me that twist-off beer bottles could NOT be re-used with a crown capper.

Yet, I read of it here in this thread.

Please point me to how it is done, and the tools that will do it.



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Old 09-12-2008, 03:02 AM   #13
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I store corona bottles with corks for months on end in the fridge...and they are fine.
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Old 09-12-2008, 05:56 AM   #14
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Great to hear it Kahuna. I feel confident I will be able to use them in some capacity. However, my initial test went poorly. When corking the first bottle (well the second not the one in the picture) I did it by hand and caused some tearing in the cork. This lead to leakage. I think with synthetic corks, and a proper corker, I should be fine. Though I will still test further.
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Old 09-12-2008, 06:33 AM   #15
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We have Soda Jones bottles around here, and they have the same kind of caps that your classier malt liquor bottles have, like Olde English 800 or Steele Reserve.

I think corking will work fine, but thanks for testing it for us!

pogo, crown cap twist off beer bottles can be reused, but they tend to have thinner necks and prone to breaking if you're not careful. Crown caps that don't twist off have thicker glass and able to take more abuse from us retarded brewers.
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