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Old 02-17-2013, 12:13 PM
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Default Swing-top bottles

Empty swing-top bottles at my LHBS cost about $3 each, 16 oz, I only have a few clear bottle that I had bought to put some traditional Mead in to give away as gifts.. All my other swing-tops are green Grolsch bottles, 4 for $8 and full of purdy good beer!

Anywho, I stopped at a store called "Big Lots" yesterday, they had a bunch of "Rieme" sparkling Lemonade in 1L clear swing-tops for $3 (they even take the same bale and cap as the ez-cap bottles at the LHBS)

These will make great homemade wine bottles, I generally don't use clear bottles for my beer but do sometimes.

Good deal for the 1L size swing-top bottles!

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Old 02-17-2013, 01:45 PM
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I call anything one liter or less--'flip tops'.
I have one large gallon size that holds my sugar. Its about 40 years old now.
The rubber seal is from a Mason jar--fits perfect.
Dont 'do' beer or wine anymore but fondly remember days past in Germany.
Beer was flip tops but wine was always corked.
Case of beer there was 20--not 24. Wooden crates delivered to the door weekly
or twice weekly depending upon 'your needs' and your route.
Much like our old milk wagons used to do.
The good old days--eh!
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Old 02-17-2013, 06:45 PM
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Interesting, the names must be regional, I have always heard them referred to as swing top. My Mom used to can tomato juice in them back in the old days, she still had a few old ones and some Grolsch bottles when I was a little kid.

The wine I make is usually carbonated, so I stay away from corked bottles.
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:41 PM
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I picked up several cases of swing top bottles from a local winery, they were phasing out their square bottles and going to round ones. 1L bottles 50 cents each! I did buy 6 cases though. Keep losing my wine bottles as gifts.

You just reminded me - I need to buy some replacement rubber gaskets.

It is a great way to bottle homemade wine.
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Old 02-25-2013, 02:36 PM
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I use the brown 16 oz swing top bottles for my home brew. The ability to be used over and over with out needing extra materials every bottling was an easy choice for me. Plus, home brew just looks perfect coming from an unmarked swing top bottle that is more than 12 oz!

I know they say brown bottles are best because they keep out light which can harm the beer. Is it the same with wine? I don't know why it wouldn't be...
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Old 01-31-2016, 03:26 PM
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Default Swing Top Bottles (Flip Top)

Ach du Lieber! Until I was 45 yrs old I didn't know there was any other way beer bottles were capped. What I liked was you could close it and the beer would still be fresh a couple hours later. Most beer around Heidelberg was in litre bottles and delivery cost was the same as if you bought it from the store and hauled it home yourself. Ahhhhhh, the stories I could tell you.
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Old 02-09-2016, 06:10 PM
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Default Swng-top bottles

Here is a website that offers reasonable prices per bottle for new never used bottles for gift bottles...
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