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I've never done it, and I wouldn't recommend it. I suspect that the seals inside the caps are really only good for one use. It doesn't make sense to me to try to save money there. You just spent a bunch of time and energy making a tasty beer: you don't want to ruin it by using faulty or contaminated caps. Even if they don't leak beer, they may still ...


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Because of the grooves for the cap to actually twist off, there's nowhere near enough for the lids to clamp onto. The regular lids and capping tools are all geared toward the nice, thick lip of glass on "regular" bottles. While you might "sort of" get a seal on a twist-off, it's a ticking time bomb before it leaks and your beer spoils/oxygenates, or just ...


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I have almost exclusively used twist off bottles. I have never had any issues with any of them. They are generally well carbonated (I blame myself for any issues there), and I haven't noticed any major off flavours from my bottles. The capper that I use was one that came in a kit from a local brewshop and I don't think it's anything special. My ...


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It's very much temperature dependent. In an episode of brewstrong, Charlie Bamforth mentions that the rate of oxidization is proportional to temperature, and increases 3 fold for each temperature increase of 10°C/18°F. So, if your beer is stored at 4°C (39°F), it will oxidize 9 times slower than if it's stored at 24°C (75°F). Loosely speaking, if it takes ...


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Wild Hops does laser etched caps- http://www.wildhopsprintshop.com/store/custom-bottle-caps.html You can also get a pretty good look by printing on 1" round labels- http://www.homebrewfinds.com/2010/12/labeling-your-homebrew-part-2.html


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Or you could go with swing-top bottles. Although after some time you will have to replace the red rubber seals on those as well. But much less waste than with caps. http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/ez-cap-bottles-brown-16-oz-with-flip-tops.html http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/ez-cap-bottles-brown-1-liter-with-flip-tops.html ...


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Maybe you've already seen the US-based Bottlemark, out of Houston, Texas. If you can't find a low-volume cap customizer in the UK, I would say that Bottlemark is your next-best bet. Shipping on 100 caps is estimated to be just USD$10 internationally.


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It'll work fine without a filter. Your main problem is going to be oxygenation. When pouring the beer into the keg, take care not to splash, as this will increase the amount of oxygen dissolved in the beer. Dissolved oxygen causes the beer to go stale faster than it otherwise would. It won't be possible to entirely prevent oxygen from entering the beer, as ...


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I have had the same issue. If the caps are rusting in the little baggie...they weren't really dry. I leave then out on a dry paper towel overnight and that seems to get them to dry out more. If its still a problem putting them in the oven with the light on or just the pilot running in a gas stove will certainly dry them overnight.


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I think a factor in whether/whether-not is how your caps are packaged when you buy them. I buy from a bulk bin at the local homebrew--you stick your hand in and grab them fistful at a time. Since there's been who-knows-how-many other hands in that bin I insist on sanitizing. If your caps are pre-packaged when you buy them then there's likely less risk ...


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One of my cappers would fail to seal maybe 1 time out of 50 (with twist-offs). My other capper has never failed. Most of my bottles are non-twist-off, but some of them are twist-offs. If you've got access to Sleeman's bottles (from Canada), I'd suggest trying them. They're pretty, clear, twist-off, they cap really well, and they come in a fully-enclosing ...



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