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Twist off bottle caps

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by Ilanko, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. Ilanko

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    any one know we i can get new ready to use Twist-off bottle caps ?
     
  2. sherm1016

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    My understanding is that the difference between pry-off and twist-off caps is that the twist-off caps are slightly more malleable than pry-offs. This is so when they are crimped into place they wrap around the bottle threads without breaking the bottle. Most homebrew stores don't carry them, and I think the issue is that you need a special capper (or maybe only a special capping bell) to work with twist offs.

    All that being said, I think you can use pry-off caps on twist-off bottles with your regular capper. The seal just won't be very good.
     
  3. brewsader

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    wouldnt it be the other way around? using twist off caps on pry off bottles would still mean that theyd crimp under the lip. harder pry-off caps wouldn't crimp in between he twist-off ridges if they're harder, so it's not just that the seal won't be as good, it wouldn't seal at all.

    honestly, you'd be best off avoiding anything twist-off period.
     
  4. sherm1016

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    I agree wholeheartedly with your final statement. As for pry-off caps on twist-off bottles, I've heard of people using them and not having any issues. But I wouldn't bet my homebrew on it.
     
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  5. kjyost

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    I use a standard crimper and normal caps from Midwest (and their O2 absorbing caps) on twist offs all the time and that works fine.
     
  6. cmmcdonn

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    I've accidentally used some pry caps on twist off bottles before. At the time, I hadn't noticed that Starr Hill uses twist offs and re-used some. Of the 5 or 6 that I used, I didn't have any carbonation problems. I can't comment on how they may have held up over time though. The beer was consumed within a month of bottling.
     
  7. geezerpk

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    Same here. But I drink a large portion of my homebrews direcly from the bottle, and — call me finicky — I can't stand the way the twist off bottle threads feel on the lips when drinking. Like drinking from thread pipe. Ugh! I never buy any beer that has twist offs for that reason.
     
  8. JackHorzempa

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    One motivation to not utilize twist offs is the risk of oxygen ingress:

    “Most mass-market beers—like those made by Anheuser-Busch, Coors, and Miller—have twist-off caps you can open with your hands, but craft brews tend to have pry-offs that require a bottle opener. Pry-off capping equipment is slightly less expensive than twist-off equipment, which is a factor for some small breweries. But many craft brewers choose pry-off caps not for the savings but because they believe those caps provide a better seal against oxygen.

    “Oxygen is one of beer’s greatest enemies; it causes beer to become stale,” says Garrett Oliver, brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewery, which uses pry-offs.”

    Cheers!
     
  9. inchrisin

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    Most homebrewers have the pride to pour their beers into a glass, sir--especially since most styles don't need sediment. :D
     
  10. itsjustzach

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    Oh man, this. It makes me cringe when somebody takes a bottle of my homebrew and starts guzzling from the bottle. As for twist off bottles, I've accidentally capped them a few times with regular bottle caps, and they sealed and carbed up just fine. I never tried to actually twist the caps off though.
     
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