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...

  • I wonder, if you did it on purpose, if that would make it bad for sure. Double blind experiments and all that ;) Mar 3, 2010 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, 2010 at 23:09

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.


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.


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.

  • Interesting. No trouble with breaking them like JackSmith mentioned?
    – tbeseda
    Mar 5, 2010 at 16:45
  • Haven't had that experience yet.<br /> mark<br /> www.backyardbrewer.blogspot.com<br /> www.thebackyardbrewer.com
    – mark taylor
    Mar 9, 2010 at 14:47
  • I haven't had that experience yet. mark
    – mark taylor
    Mar 9, 2010 at 14:50

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