Author Topic: swing top bottles  (Read 2614 times)

Offline Johnnyv42

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swing top bottles
« on: November 20, 2011, 12:27:57 PM »
I got a case of free swing top bottles (Grolsch type) at the local home brew club. I love the bottles, but my affection for them is waning. I put my most recent beer in some of them and many of the beers are flat while others are fully carbonated. There's a mold release seam on the stopper of several of the bottles and I'm suspecting that this seam is preventing the necessary air tight seal. I've sanded that seam smooth on the remaining bottles I have. Does anyone know if I've got the culprit or are there other potential problems? (btw...the cage itself looks pretty good, not bent). Thanks.
Primary: Wit, Red


Bottled: Brown, Coffee Stout, Stout, Wee heavy, 60 Shilling, Brown Ale, Smoked Black IPA, American Pale Ale, Vanilla Porter, Wit

Offline Myk

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Re: swing top bottles
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2011, 01:09:42 PM »
Sometimes the cages get lose. The gaskets wear out (you can buy replacements, they're said to be able to get about 5 uses). If the gasket is not centered when it's closed it can fail to get a good seal.