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Chimay Red 750ml bottles are only $13 at my local bottle shop, so I've managed to get through a few over time. :icon_cheers:



My question is - is it possible to use these to bottle my HB?
They're nice thick bottles, great size too but come with a cork and have a thick lip around the top that makes them unsuitable for regular bottle caps.
Anyone use them? cheers. sorry if that's a dumb question.
 

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Chimay Red 750ml bottles are only $13 at my local bottle shop, so I've managed to get through a few over time. :icon_cheers:



My question is - is it possible to use these to bottle my HB?
They're nice thick bottles, great size too but come with a cork and have a thick lip around the top that makes them unsuitable for regular bottle caps.
Anyone use them? cheers. sorry if that's a dumb question.

I don't think you can cap them - but I'll take them off your hands for a few bucks each if you don't want to cork with them (I do).

Also; where's that bottle shop?!
 

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Their are also larger caps that you can get for them but you will also need a different capper I am pretty certain.
 

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Thanks. They're from Steve's Cool Booze in Kingsford. Be warned it's a pretty small store so a bit unreliable in terms of stock.
They've slowly fazed out UK bitters over time from a lineup of over a dozen down to just Newc Brown, shits me when they carry 8 Mexican beers and 3 Chinese beers, so the Chimay eases my pain :D
Bummer about capping them, they are nice bottles. Let me gather a few more and you can have em for free if I can't use them..
 

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you buy a larger capper 'bell' and that interchnages with the normal size bell you have on the capper. then you buy larger caps. done. its the same as cahampaigne/sparkling bottles. you just use the larger size bell. from memoery its like $5 for the bell
 

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Thanks - I'll investigate corks or bell cappers - really should investigate Candi Sugar/making a Belgian as well.
 

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you buy a larger capper 'bell' and that interchnages with the normal size bell you have on the capper. then you buy larger caps. done. its the same as cahampaigne/sparkling bottles. you just use the larger size bell. from memoery its like $5 for the bell
The champagne crown seals? Like the dosage caps they use? The ones that are larger, and thicker than regular crown seals.
 

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I didn't think they worked on the Chimay (or Duvel) bottles, as they have a really rounded top to them. Almost 1cm until you reach a lip on to which the bottom of the crowns can grab. Let me see if I can find some pics and post again.
 

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Chimay thick lip:

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Champagne/sparkling bottle

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I'm not saying it is so, but asking the question. Do the big tirage caps fit on the Chimay bottles considering the design difference?
 

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Something to check if you do use the Chimay bottles...

I had a batch of something good to go into chi may stubbies a while back, cleaned, sanitised, primed, ready to fill...the bottling wand wouldn't fit through the opening in the bottle.

:(

Just check that the bigger bottles have an opening big enough to take whatever you're filling with.

My 2c - tirage caps won't work on Chimay bottles.

Kev
 

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ive got a bottle of chimay at home, and a large bell and caps. experiment time!!!! providing the 375ml bottles are the same lips as 750ml bottles
 

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ive got a bottle of chimay at home, and a large bell and caps. experiment time!!!! providing the 375ml bottles are the same lips as 750ml bottles
330ml bottles are a crown seal, the 750 has a cork like a champagne bottle. unless you've found some stubby size that goes with a cork?
 

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nickR is right the only way to reuse them is to cork them. triage caps dont work as they have a solid rounded lip.
nick if your after a few bottles let me know ive built up a reasonable collection and probably could spare a few.
 

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