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    Have been saving bottles (Windhoek and Heineken) to use and have now received my RED capper and crown caps. BUT I can't get the caps to crimp around the bottles. Do you have to buy "special" bottles?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Morne - Skip View Post
    I'm at tipping point ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cecilh View Post
    Have been saving bottles (Windhoek and Heinekin) to use and have now received my RED capper and crown caps. BUT I can't get the caps to crimp around the bottles. Do you have to buy "special" bottles?
    Some bottles don't work with the twin lever capper. SAB bottles work well. I haven't tried Windhoek or Heineken, but I know Castle/Lion/Black Label works really well.

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    SAB bottles work well. Castle/Lion/Black Label works really well.
    - Any particular sizes that work?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toxxyc View Post
    Some bottles don't work with the twin lever capper. SAB bottles work well. I haven't tried Windhoek or Heineken, but I know Castle/Lion/Black Label works really well.
    Remembering a picture I saw how well the "capping" works I are scared to use my capper
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cecilh View Post
    - Any particular sizes that work?
    You can only use non screw top bottles: quarts
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cecilh View Post
    - Any particular sizes that work?
    Quarts work really well, yes.

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    Quarts work really well, yes.
    What I said yesterday Wynand
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    So my first 40lt's are done and dusted, the next 40lts are ready to bottle, once the 1lt PET bottle are dry after being sterilised, hopefully tonight or tomorrow night.

    I have just ordered my next 2 drums from Wynand and another 40 1L PET bottles from Brewmart. This is so I can plan better and not run out, as is the case now. It is going to be a long 2 weeks wait, after the last 39 days of rounding off the evenings with a few of the ALES.:mad:

    As per the Pictures you can see the difference between patience and impatience.;D Also how the drums reacted differently in terms of "bubbling", same room, same time, boxed, just different blankets.

    Thanks Wynand, I am really enjoying the simplicity. The most difficult part is the making sure everything is sterile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by caesarcp View Post
    So my first 40lt's are done and dusted, the next 40lts are ready to bottle, once the 1lt PET bottle are dry after being sterilised, hopefully tonight or tomorrow night.

    I have just ordered my next 2 drums from Wynand and another 40 1L PET bottles from Brewmart. This is so I can plan better and not run out, as is the case now. It is going to be a long 2 weeks wait, after the last 39 days of rounding off the evenings with a few of the ALES.

    As per the Pictures you can see the difference between patience and impatience. Also how the drums reacted differently in terms of "bubbling", same room, same time, boxed, just different blankets.

    Thanks Wynand, I am really enjoying the simplicity. The most difficult part is the making sure everything is sterile.
    We all made the same mistake

    I'm also now finally where I have a cold one, 40l in bottles fizzing away, and then a drum bubbling away.
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    Bottled last night. Beer spent 2 and a half weeks in the can. It was already a little fizzy when I bottled last night... Maybe due to the heat?
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    Thanks Wynand,

    Received my 2 drums on the 21st as per post 370. I ordered another 2 drums yesterday and received them today. This is for my Dad who is a Brandy drinker and rarely drinks beer. He had few with me and was impressed. He then wanted to watch the process, to see if he was going to give it a go?

    Well it was almost a look of disbelief, when I uncapped the the drum added the yeast and capped it again. He asked "is that it?" I said yes, until the sterilising of bottles and once dry, bottling, which we did on the 21st. He asked me to please order, he wants to do his own.

    For those of us who don't have the time, equipment and space to brew your own, this is a winner.

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    Opened my first of my 3rd batch today Click image for larger version. 

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    Play fair Morne, I have 12 days of withdrawals left, due to bad planning, please don't rub it in

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    It's OK guys, with some crowd funding we can open soon.
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    Hmmm. I seem to wonder, now that its a bit of warm weather, how will this affect the brew process for your beer Wynand?


    Will it just brew faster or will it spoil? I don't have a proper way to keep it at the perfect temp, aside from a reasonably cool dark cupboard in the kitchen.


    Been thinking I need more pale ale in my life at some point (meaning is there a BF special perhaps? )
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    It ferments quicker, but from the tests I've done it still comes out fine. The yeast seems to be pretty neutral in flavour, so a warmer ferment doesn't really give it terrible flavours. I'm quite happy with it.

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    I actually still had 2 x 1L's that sat in the back of my fridge for quite a while now, since I bottled it during winter.


    Those that survived and did not have a leaky prop and, well, I killed them yesterday, and it was actually very very nice fizzy, and seems to have matured very well.
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    Yeah in my experience the beers tend to peak between 2 and 4 months after bottling, but can get significantly better if stored in the fridge for up to 6 months. Effectively small-scale lagering.

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