How do you open waxed bottles?

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  1. WagonCircler

    WagonCircler Initiate (131) May 15, 2011 New York
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    Saturday I used a founders breakfast stout cap, folded in half, to open a lindley park.
  2. BrewtifulMind

    BrewtifulMind Initiate (0) Aug 8, 2011 California

    Before I finished reading your post, I immediately thought of dabbing haha. I'm fully using this technique from here on out.
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  3. jegross2

    jegross2 Meyvn (1,209) Jan 3, 2010 Illinois
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    ISO. No joke
  4. Jnorton00

    Jnorton00 Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2007 Massachusetts

    I use a bottle opener.
  5. ASUBeer

    ASUBeer Disciple (305) Nov 4, 2011 North Carolina
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    That is awesome.
  6. biglobo8971

    biglobo8971 Devotee (480) May 6, 2010 Minnesota
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    ASU, I have a couple left, send me a lable to my email and I can put some in hte mail
  7. jedwards

    jedwards Initiate (2) Feb 3, 2009 California

    For thin wax, I just get a hefty bottle open under it and pry (I favor the Amco stainless for home use: ). For thick wax, I use a foil knife and slice the entire top off (resulting in a circle of wax), then slice straight down the side and push the knife under the wax at the bottom of the bottlecap to peel it off.
  8. robwestcott

    robwestcott Meyvn (1,090) Nov 3, 2008 Indiana
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    got a link for this item ?
  9. robwestcott

    robwestcott Meyvn (1,090) Nov 3, 2008 Indiana
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    or a link for this one too ?
  10. biglobo8971

    biglobo8971 Devotee (480) May 6, 2010 Minnesota
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    link for what?? if you want one, pm me and we can work something out, like send me a label and I send you one out.
  11. biglobo8971

    biglobo8971 Devotee (480) May 6, 2010 Minnesota
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    will have some with me at CW Anny party, a couple will have your name on it.
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  12. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Poo-Bah (2,459) Jun 18, 2002 Arizona

    Just about any wine place will have them. Also you can probably buy at Bed Bath & Beyond.
  13. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,188) Mar 18, 2010 California

    I usually cut away the wax with a small knife until I can get a bottle opener under the lip of the cap.
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  14. beergumby

    beergumby Initiate (0) Jan 21, 2012 New Jersey

    Now, that's a nice knife!
  15. JustXBeer

    JustXBeer Initiate (0) Nov 29, 2012 California
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    This works fine...
  16. sirtomtom

    sirtomtom Initiate (197) Dec 10, 2010 California

    That looks like you can murder the guy who tries to take your wax sealed beer.
  17. JustXBeer

    JustXBeer Initiate (0) Nov 29, 2012 California
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    lol...or tip em a pour *Cheers
  18. Prospero

    Prospero Savant (946) Jul 27, 2010 Colorado
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  19. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Crusader (736) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    I would stick a wick in it and blow it out before it heated the bottle up too much. Good way to bring your beer up to room temp too.
  20. NickMunford

    NickMunford Savant (978) Oct 2, 2006 Wyoming


    j/k of course. I just hack away at the wax until I can fit a regular bottle opener in there. Need to get one of those Swiss-army corkscrews!
  21. Archemedies

    Archemedies Initiate (0) Dec 8, 2011 Massachusetts

    I have have of one these and never knew what it was used for lol...
  22. Carnasses

    Carnasses Initiate (0) Jul 10, 2013 California

  23. sonoma01

    sonoma01 Initiate (190) Dec 3, 2010 Wisconsin
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    I use a Yopener!
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  24. PatrickInAustinTx

    PatrickInAustinTx Devotee (425) Nov 16, 2013 Texas
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    I tell people this all the time but if you get a small piece of wood and screw a cap screw into one end it will do the trick. I open bruery bottles all the time just by jamming the sharp edge of the screw cap through the wax and then just pooping them off. It seriously takes me 5 seconds. It took me longer to find a screw in my junk hardware drawer than it did to make it too lol. Sure I could have pre-drilled the screw hole and kept it from cracking but I don't care really.

    Oh and it preserves the cap perfectly. People can hate all they want on how crappy this looks but I have been opening bottles with it for at least a year and a half. It works on every bottle (unlike the gropener) and if it ever breaks I can just cut off the end and screw another screw in.

  25. Prospero

    Prospero Savant (946) Jul 27, 2010 Colorado
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  26. PatrickInAustinTx

    PatrickInAustinTx Devotee (425) Nov 16, 2013 Texas
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    Autocorrect owns me haha
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  27. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Poo-Bah (3,147) Aug 25, 2010 New York
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    Typically me, too.
    But I have pulled this off once or twice.
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  28. PaulQuinn

    PaulQuinn Initiate (174) May 27, 2011 British Columbia (Canada)

  29. PatrickInAustinTx

    PatrickInAustinTx Devotee (425) Nov 16, 2013 Texas
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    I have the Trappist one and it can't get through the wax. I have also hand made around 50 bottle openers in my shop for gifts and such. Some really nice ones that I took my time with. My favorite is still my ugly stick though.
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  30. sneezeallday

    sneezeallday Initiate (174) Nov 22, 2014 Oklahoma
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    I use a YOpener and you should too
  31. SlothB77

    SlothB77 Zealot (569) Dec 28, 2012 Virginia
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    So far my method has been to use a knife, almost accidentally stabbing myself in the neck each time i open a new bottle. What is the best trick to opening a wax-dripped bottle?
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  32. Iamjeff6

    Iamjeff6 Champion (838) Sep 9, 2013 Virginia
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  33. PorterPro125

    PorterPro125 Champion (849) Jan 19, 2013 New Brunswick (Canada)

    Hold the knife like you normally would but rest your thumb along the spine. Keep the knife pressed against the wax and rock in around the bottle until you have cut completely around. After that is done you should be able to use the point of the knife to go up the cut and take the wax off of the top of the neck.
  34. sharpski

    sharpski Champion (843) Oct 11, 2010 Oregon
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    Use your elbows to extend the cutting area on the bottle away from your jugular vein? Don't waste time getting the wax off the top of the cap, just cut around the bottleneck under the cap to give your bottle opener a place to pry. In my experience 95% come off pretty easily, and the other 5% the wax is just determined to be a dick about it so you either spend 10 minutes hacking away at it or get a lighter and melt it off. Potentially messy, but less life threatening that stabbing yourself in the neck.

    Also, make sure you have the right knife/tool for the job. Something that has a pointy edge to cut through the wax, obviously, but a shape thats natural for you to hold it and the bottle stable in one hand without risking harm to you if the tool catches or slips. I have an old railroad spike for a bottle opener: the head has a notch in it to pry the cap off, and the other end is pointy enough to dig through wax without being a sharp cutting edge to hurt me.
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  35. JMS1512

    JMS1512 Savant (930) Feb 18, 2013 New Jersey

    The above mentioned methods are good- I'd like to add that you should sort of think of it as cutting the foil off the top of a wine bottle. That's roughly from where I cut my wax seal on a beer bottle, just under the cap.
  36. creepinjeeper

    creepinjeeper Champion (840) Nov 8, 2012 Missouri
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    I use a 75 cent paint key from the local hardware store. The end for opening the paint cans is just sharp enough to score the wax around the bottom of the cap without damaging your digits. The other end is a decent bottle opener. (If you're into collecting caps like me, it'll remove the cap without any damage.)
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  37. AlexM

    AlexM Zealot (537) Jun 9, 2011 California
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