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Out of curiosity (and appreciation for Boulevard's bottle's form-factor), can a twist-off bottle be reliably capped?

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I've done it a few times by accident, and it worked fine each time, but the risk of an air leak is too great to do it on purpose, in my opinion...

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I wonder, if you did it on purpose, if that would make it bad for sure. Double blind experiments and all that ;) –  hookedonwinter Mar 3 '10 at 22:23
    
Skrambled is right. It is something you CAN do, but in general it's bad practice. Besides, even new bottles are cheap and if you make a deal with the local bartender, you should be able to pick up a ton of non-twistoffs for re-use. Provided you are not in a deposit state, that is. –  TinCoyote Mar 3 '10 at 23:09
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Not reliably. The threads for the twist cap don't allow for a pop cap to securely fasten and will let the beer go flat very quickly.

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Generally speaking, twist-off bottles are also made of thinner glass and are more susceptible to breakage. There's a higher risk of breaking the neck off when capping and also of the bottle cracking or breaking under the pressure of carbonation. I'd avoid using twist-off bottles.

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I've bottle many beers in twist off's and have had no problems at all. There is also the added benefit of twisting off the cap when they're ready to drink. I recommend them.
mark
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Interesting. No trouble with breaking them like JackSmith mentioned? –  Taylor Mar 5 '10 at 16:45
    
Haven't had that experience yet.<br /> mark<br /> www.backyardbrewer.blogspot.com<br /> www.thebackyardbrewer.com –  mark taylor Mar 9 '10 at 14:47
    
I haven't had that experience yet. mark –  mark taylor Mar 9 '10 at 14:50
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