EZ Cap Bottles w/ Swing Tops

I am willing to splurge on these just for the convenience. Are there any long term issues with theses?

Thanks,

Brent

I’ve never used them because they cost too darn much but my understanding is over time the rubber seal will eventually break down and will not seal as well. You can buy replacements here on NB though. Not sure how long it takes for this to occur so it could be a moot point.

I could also see sanitizing them being kind of a pain if you use something like a FastRack. You wouldn’t be able to use one of those at all without removing the swing top.

They are very expensive. If I broke one of those I would be crying. LOL

I’ve used 16 oz swing tops and you do have to clean the caps/seals pretty well to make sure nothing is hiding between them. I accumulated about 20 of them by buying 4 packs of Grolsch for about $8 or $9 per pack, which is cheaper than buying the case of empties. Plus, I got to empty them. Downside is they are green bottles so you need to keep them from the light.

22 oz bombers save more work than swing tops IMHO.

I have about 20 swing tops which were designed for reuse, heavy glass. They were filled with beer from the Howes Sound Brewery, BC. Amber and also take a standard crown cap.

I use them for certain purposes. I have a case of 12. One time the bottom broke off due to over carb but that was my fault. The gaskets last many years.

I had a friend at work that drank Grolsch a lot and saved me so many of the bottles I finally ask him to not bother anymore. I think they are great to bottle a few to save and not have to get caps. Had them for years and have not had to replace a gasket yet.

I don’t think I would spend the money on EZ cap bottles. Grolsch isn’t bad so why not buy your bottles full :smiley:

I ordered some 12oz ambers from Amazon a while ago, and they sent me 12 of the 16ox EZ Swing cap bottles instead. I wasn’t mad, and they worked well after I figured out how to get the caps on the bottles :? .

I contacted the bottle recycler here in town and offered them a quarter per swing top bottle which is as a good deal for them and me. Then set them aside and called me when they had enough. I got two cases eventually.

The original rubber gaskets on all swing tops I’ve come across are of good quality. The replacement rubber gaskets from NB not so much.

[quote=“HD4Mark”]I had a friend at work that drank Grolsch a lot and saved me so many of the bottles I finally ask him to not bother anymore. I think they are great to bottle a few to save and not have to get caps. Had them for years and have not had to replace a gasket yet.

I don’t think I would spend the money on EZ cap bottles. Grolsch isn’t bad so why not buy your bottles full :smiley: [/quote]I had the one liter bottles.

They work great. I’ve had mine for many years and had no issues carbonating in them. Now that I keg everything I use them to take brew to events.

:cheers:

They work great and the washers will last quite some time before needing to be replaced. I had a friend that owned a craft beer bar some years ago that saved swing top bottles for me so I ended up with six or eight cases of them. I’ve used them as part of my rotation for a long time with no complaints. Like others have suggested, I would probably opt for buying beer with the bottles. There are a number of German beers as well as the Grolsch that are pretty decent and come with swing tops. The bottles will vary in shape and size depending on the brewer, but you don’t have to worry about bottle height when capping, so its not much of an issue.

I also have about 5-6 cases of the old Grolsch bottles that are brown. I use them for long term beers that go into my Bierkeller (like Denny’s Old Stoner).

Those bottles are great for filling from the keg, where you want to pull your bottling rig out and quickly cap on foam. It saves a lot of hassle. A buddy gave me a ton of Grolsch bottles years ago, and I replaced all of the gaskets. They’ve been working fine for at least 5 years now with replacement caps.

I really like the stoneware bail-top bottles, but it’s impossible to tell how clean they really are. Still a cool way to package a couple special brews.

:cheers:

[quote=“El Capitan”]I really like the stoneware bail-top bottles, but it’s impossible to tell how clean they really are. Still a cool way to package a couple special brews.
:cheers: [/quote]Its also very difficult to see how full they are when filling from tap.

For now I have decided to use regular brown bottles.

Brent

Got a case of liter Eze caps for 12 bucks at a tag sale. They are great. I use them like growlers. When I need to empty a keg just fill them and drink them while my keg carbs. I saw some 16 oz on amozon for $19 and $10 to ship. Havnt pulled the trigger yet.

I mainly use them for cider or beers I am going to age. I have 5 cases of them I got at a garage sale.
There is nothing wrong with the Grolsch ones as long as you age them in a box and not just on a shelf.