I am trying to salvage my one fermenting bottle and wondered if anyone knows how to get the dern top/bail stopper back on the bottle. When I went to open my water kefir it shot liquid everywhere and the top blew completely off. the whole mechanism. I've tried to get it back on but no luck. is it totalled?
You can buy replacement closures online or at brewstores (http://store.defalcowines.com/catalog/product_20216_Swingtop_Replacement_Tops_each_cat_289.html).
Given this, you can probably get the wire back in. If you don't want to buy a new one, you may have to bend the old one with pliers to be able to fit (assuming the force of the closure coming off bent the wire).