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Old 04-11-2006, 07:50 PM   #1
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I am on my first batch and someone gave me a box of caps. They have cork for a seal. Should I trash them or are they ok to use?


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Old 04-11-2006, 09:03 PM   #2
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No way for anyone here to really say. Try this - put some soda (Pepsi, Coke, what ever) into one of your bottles and cap it. Then shake the heck out of it to see if it leaks. This is what I do with any cap/bottle combo that I am not sure about. If the cork has dried out too much to be a good seal, you will know pretty quick.

I don't recommend opening a well shaken bottle but if you are feeling adventurous, well, it's your house!


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Old 04-12-2006, 12:25 AM   #3
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Probably pretty old... do they still make cork caps? I wouldn't use em.
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My guess is that they are very old. i haven't seen any around for a long time. If they look good then just boil them a bit to sanitize them before using.
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Old 04-12-2006, 11:16 AM   #5
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Maybe just use a few for this batch and if they're ok, use the rest another time?
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Old 04-12-2006, 01:09 PM   #6
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Bottle caps are one the cheapest thing you can buy for homebrewing. I'd hate to ruin 30-40 dollars worth of ingredients for want of spending $3 on some new caps.
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Save the cork caps for posterity, and splurge for some of them standard crowns, and save yourself the hassle.
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In any case, whatever caps you use should sit a while in sanitizing solution before you use them.


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