Best Way to Save Half a 750ml

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by BlackDragon, Apr 23, 2013.

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  1. BlackDragon

    BlackDragon Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2013 Michigan

    Whats the best way to save some of a very high ABV like 12%+ 750ml. I normally try to share these with a friend but somestimes they end up not liking the beer.
  2. Nectar

    Nectar Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2013 New Jersey

    I use a wine stopper and try to finish it the next day
  3. IPAyForHops

    IPAyForHops Initiate (0) Apr 24, 2010 California

    I use vacuvin to save whatever is left of a 750 mL bottle.
  4. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    Use a wine stopper. If it gets too flat, just take a straw and blow some bubbles into it before you drink. Viola!
  5. booyahachieved3

    booyahachieved3 Initiate (112) Sep 5, 2012 Kansas
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    Wine stopper for me.
  6. lic217

    lic217 Champion (892) Aug 10, 2010 Connecticut
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    get some extra bottles, buy some bottle caps, and a bottle capper from a homebrew store.
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  7. blivingston1985

    blivingston1985 Disciple (326) Jan 7, 2010 North Carolina

    I usually take large format bottle and gently transfer the liquid to a regualr 12oz bottle and cap it with a lever-top stopper.

    The vacu-vin isn't effective because that device is designed to create a vacuum. To do so means having to pump out all the carbonation. And just inserting the vacu-vin into the neck is ineffective because the valve system is designed to allow pressure to escape the top of the cap or the cap will just work its way loose from the carbonation from the beer.
  8. Torontoblue

    Torontoblue Disciple (371) Jun 12, 2005 Alberta (Canada)

    Use a champagne stopper myself, on the very rare occasions I don't finish a 750 bottle. This stopper works wonders when you open a 3F Armand & Tommy at 11pm and you then realise that's too much acid that time of night ;-)
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  9. Treyliff

    Treyliff Poo-Bah (3,644) Aug 10, 2010 West Virginia
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  10. jefferyc

    jefferyc Initiate (0) Dec 5, 2008 Michigan

    honestly I just stick the open bottle back in the fridge. Usually still has enough carbonation the next day and these high abv beers will not oxidize as quickly
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  11. crusian

    crusian Crusader (756) May 14, 2010 Oregon
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    that's what I do.
  12. Petela

    Petela Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2013 New Jersey

    Re-cap with a bottle capper
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  13. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

  14. Sam21

    Sam21 Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2009 Connecticut

    +1 to everybody saying use a champagne or wine stopper. I use these:

    They keep a beer over night no problem so that I can enjoy half one night and half the other. Sometimes I am just not in the mood for the whole bottle, so these help tremendously. You'll get a mild dip in carbonation over 24 hours, but just don't be too aggressive on the pour for the second glass and it'll still be tasty. I personally have not noticed any adverse effects doing this.
  15. inchrisin

    inchrisin Defender (654) Sep 25, 2008 Indiana

    I wonder if a ball jar will hold a touch of pressure. Otherwise, I'd find a friend to share the other half with.
  16. YieldToNothing

    YieldToNothing Initiate (0) Mar 13, 2013 New York

    never open a bomber/750ml unless i'm prepared to finish it crew
  17. TTAmod

    TTAmod Initiate (0) Oct 4, 2008 Illinois

    As far as I'm concerned, once you pop the 750ml, it should be empty by the time it's finished being consumed. I've tried some of the aforementioned suggestions, but it never feels the same.
  18. ChanChan

    ChanChan Devotee (475) Dec 12, 2009 California
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    I would buy a few of these...
    Save the bottle and use it when drinking heavy duty bombers!!
    The trick is you have to decant the beer into the clean flip-top first, make sure you fill up the bottle as much as possible. I've saved beer for up to 2 weeks like this!!
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  19. jpeck13

    jpeck13 Initiate (0) Apr 28, 2011 California

    Purge with CO2 and recap. It's good to be a home brewer.
  20. bahnfire

    bahnfire Aspirant (265) Jan 17, 2011 Vermont
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    THIS. Works awesome.
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  21. 1up

    1up Disciple (361) Mar 5, 2013 District of Columbia

    Do you use a rack? I can't pour without making too much head
  22. joeebbs

    joeebbs Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2009 Pennsylvania

    If you don't have any of the above surely you have an empty growler?
  23. bahnfire

    bahnfire Aspirant (265) Jan 17, 2011 Vermont
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    I just carefully pour from the original bottle into the flip-top and then cap it and put back in the fridge. Then I proceed to enjoy the open beer.
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  24. BrettHead

    BrettHead Devotee (479) Sep 18, 2010 Nebraska

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  25. Sam_Frank

    Sam_Frank Initiate (0) Nov 29, 2012 California

    drink it
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  26. AMW

    AMW Initiate (69) Jan 13, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Ditto. I use a champagne stopper and it keeps the carbonation well. I would advise on finishing the bottle after one or two uses.
  27. Herky21

    Herky21 Crusader (719) Aug 7, 2011 Iowa
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    I use ones like those and I keep mine on the door of the fridge. It's fine for at least a week.
  28. DQuintero

    DQuintero Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2008 Texas

    Drop a sliver or two of dry ice (from walmart) and let the bubbly outweigh the O2 out, recap and put a tight triple or quad teflon wrap followed with a double wrap of electrical tape.. viola !
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  29. Siggy125

    Siggy125 Devotee (460) Nov 10, 2006 California
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    Sounds good. But who's Viola?
  30. theCoder

    theCoder Disciple (393) Oct 24, 2011 Minnesota
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    These work wonders. I use them for anything I can't pour the entire bottle into a glass and just keep it on the bottle. Especially if I'm outside at the cabin or something to avoid anything from falling/flying into my bottle. They don't work so well on any corked 750ML bottles as the opening's to big for the cap. But I recommend these 100%.
  31. ant880

    ant880 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2010 New York

    Frank...he pitched in the Bigs for 15 years...Twins, Mets, Red Sox, Reds and Blue Jays
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  32. kdb150

    kdb150 Zealot (505) Mar 8, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Recapping is great for bombers that have the same size mouth as a typical 12 oz. bottle.

    For others, get an expandable wine stopper. Vacuum sealers are prone to failure when used to cap a beer, and a plain old rubber wine stopper will not keep the carbonation in. However, if you use a wine stopper that has an expandable rubber stopper, you can easily create an airtight seal that will hold up pretty much indefinitely. However, even your hardiest brew will be noticeably oxidized after 2-3 days, so make sure to finish off that bad boy the next day.
  33. DQuintero

    DQuintero Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2008 Texas

    its french bro :astonished:

    means like, 'presto' or sumthing
  34. acurtis

    acurtis Poo-Bah (2,545) Sep 27, 2010 New Jersey
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    10 or 12oz growler, cap on foam. Works great
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  35. acurtis

    acurtis Poo-Bah (2,545) Sep 27, 2010 New Jersey
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  36. chimaychick

    chimaychick Initiate (0) Mar 28, 2011 New Jersey
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  37. ChanChan

    ChanChan Devotee (475) Dec 12, 2009 California
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    I love being able to open multiple bottles of High ABV bombers and not having any of that beautiful brew go to waste!!
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  38. Torontoblue

    Torontoblue Disciple (371) Jun 12, 2005 Alberta (Canada)

    The few times I do this, the remaining beer is in the bottle for about 12 hours and is then finished in one fell swoop. Generally though, if I open a bottle I'll finish it, I dislike finishing beer the next day.
  39. sukwonee

    sukwonee Crusader (740) Dec 13, 2011 Washington
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    I didn't know people do this. When I open 22oz or 24oz bottle, I finish it. Even growlers, I open it then I finish it.
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