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Robert Morf
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Username: Ironhorse

Post Number: 2
Registered: 09-2006
Posted From: 24.75.44.99
Posted on Sunday, August 12, 2007 - 05:01 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have been using brand new 16oz. swingtop bottles with new rubber seals for the past few batch's and have noticed when the beer is done aging (45 days+) and I put a case into the my beer fridge for cooling, there seems to be a few bottles that are not carbonated or have lost their prime?? I sterilized them by simmering at about 180 degrees for 10-15 mins. as the directions said. The bottle mouths all seem smooth with no defects. The batch was primed for 2.50 volumes. I have been home brewing for the past 45+ years and have never had this problem with regular crimped bottle caps so I know its not my technique. Has anybody else had this problem and can offer some ideas? Thank you all in advance!! ...Ironhorse...
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mikel
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Username: Mikel

Post Number: 123
Registered: 02-2001
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Posted on Sunday, August 12, 2007 - 06:23 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I had a similar problem with the large 1 liter swing tops. Brand new bottles and when I put a few in my fridge laying on their sides some bottles leaked beer. But standing up they didn't seem to loose much, if any, carbonation? I replaced the "brand new" gaskets and tried to be extra careful making sure that when I sealed them the top was nice and centered on the bottle. That seemed to help.
 

Iron Horse
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Username: Ironhorse

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Posted on Sunday, August 12, 2007 - 07:21 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Mikel,
I also was real careful of centering the seal but it still happened? If it happened to you and I it must be happening to others? I hope they post their replys maybe we can figure this thing out? I know its not due to weak wire spring tops, I can just about open mine now and I am not a light weight by any means. Do you think there is a way of strengthening the rubber by applying wax or something else? ...Ironhorse...
Ut sementem feceris, ita metes
(As you sow, so shall you reap)

Cicero, 327 B.C. Ancient Roman
Philosopher & Statesmen
 

mikel
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Username: Mikel

Post Number: 124
Registered: 02-2001
Posted From: 4.246.254.76
Posted on Sunday, August 12, 2007 - 11:25 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I wonder if it has something to do with the plastic tops now, they used to be ceramic? You could use them as roach holders!
 

Paul Muth
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Username: Pjmuth

Post Number: 314
Registered: 10-2002
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Posted on Monday, August 13, 2007 - 03:20 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I bought 2 cases from the LHBS of that style about 5 years ago and had problems with half of them. I figure that the ID of the mouth of the bottle was too large and not a perfect circle. (Read - Poorly cast/blown bottles.) I ended up discarding the whole lot of them. It was a real PITA with the loss of the beers.

I have quite a collection of commercial bottles now and have nary a problem with any of them.