|My love life, mounted on a magnetic board.|
So how do you open a beer bottle without damaging the cap? The average opener bends the cap in the middle: a very unattractive result. So everyone's on the search for "The Perfect Bottle Opener." What does BottleMark recommend?
The simple answer: if you're homebrewing, use twist-off bottles! No opener required, and you get a undamaged cap every time. Only problem: twist-off bottles are really weak. A twist-off bottle has a thinner lip than a normal bottle (and bottle cappers grab onto the lip of the bottle with lots of force), so after two or three uses, the top will break off. Yikes!
|DO NOT WANT!|
So...is there a way to preserve caps on normal bottles?
The best answer: The perfect bottle opener is the one that you have. Plus a quarter.
Here's the trick...
1. Place a coin on top of the cap (a US quarter is the ideal size). The coin transfers the pressure from the middle of the cap to the edged teeth of the cap, thus preserving the cap's shape.
2. Gently apply your bottle opener to two or three places on the cap. Gently, mind you! The cap should come off easily in your hand, without any violence, if you do it right. NOTE: If you apply your opener to one place only, you'll end up with a flared edge.
See the technique in action (both correctly and incorrectly performed) in this short video...
But if you've run out of change and the bottle's not a twist-off, try to find an opener without any sharp teeth to it (the wider, the better) and apply mild pressure all-round.
Some other cool bottle openers and techniques...
|Klein bottle bottle opener|
|Mounted gargoyle opener (WANT!)|
|Key-style Churchkey, perfect for key chains. Lots of different versions available, from the ornamental to the disguised.|
|Credit Card sized opener|
|Winner for the most bizarre: Flipflops with an opener in the sole.|
|Winner for the most disturbing: The "Happy Man" Opener (who, from the looks of it, has more reason to be sad)|
|The "Sentol" opener, a most crazy contraption: push down on the bottle, and the cap pops off clean. Available @ bottlepal.com|
Other people swear by using a simple BIC Lighter (cool video here).
|Really. Just an average lighter.|
|The original bottle opener.|
Just...don't buy the happy man.