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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
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 ...
In my experience, both work equally well. Where swing tops fail is repeated reuse of the seal on the swing top. Those eventually need to be replaced. They get less pliable with each washing/sanitation cycle. Can't give a specific cycle # because its multivariable dependent. Crown caps are one use only and hence the seal isn't an issue. Can't help you ...
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 ...
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.
Unlikely to be a problem. In an earlier question I found that some pro-brewers don't sanitize their caps at all. Neither do some home brewers.
If you want "recyclable" caps, you could consider bottling to 1/2 gallon growlers... 38mm "polyseal" caps are machine washable and make a decent seal.
I have used swing tops for over 10 years. In that time I may have had, at the very most, 10 failures. As brewchez states, swing top seal integrity is paramount. Replacement seals are readily available, and "a dime a dozen" if you purchase in bulk (200 or so). I now replace my seals on a regular basis, and have eliminated the failures referred to above. By ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
There are also twist close plastic bottles and caps, the kind that come with the "Mr. Beer" kit, that are reusable.
In my experience you need to just get some champagne corks and wire ties. This is harder to do without the aid of a corker but the caps won't keep the air out as well as any baddies that will get in to your bottles.
Twist off caps are like caps on wine bottles. They make the product appear cheap. There's a satisfying gratification to using a tool to pop off the top.
Don't do it! The twist off bottles are too weak for reuse. Only use the pop top variety.
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