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Opening that beer, many a way...

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Well as you may have guessed it's about opening beer, in many ways...

Regardless of what bumpus, rocketscientist and sunbanks say I'm not an alco...

Say you're having a BBQ and your steaks are just about to be flipped, oh no, there's no bottle openers handy and you need a drink...

Whatever will you do...
 
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Step 1: The pry method...

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This works with almost any solid object that's in any way lever shaped...

The pictures have examples of a lighter, a screwdriver, a bit of wood, oh you get the idea...

The secret to doing this is simple...

Wrap your hand around the bottle, stick you index finger out and put the corner of the object under the lid, put your index finger around the object and grip tightly while pulling the object down like a lever.

***How this works - Basically you are gaining a mechanical advantage but using the object as a lever, your index finger then acts as a fulcrum to pivot around...

Step 2: The thump method...

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This one involves a corner and a beer, plus two working hands...

This is best done on the corner of a wood block of workbench, it'll mark wood, also if you're using a metal or concrete object be careful that the bottle doesn't break...

So take the beer and set it against the corner of the object so the cap is hanging on it. angle it a little.

Give it a good thump with the palm of your hand, the cap should pop of in one go, if it comes halfway replace beer like it was and just squeeze straight down on it, you can use this squeezing technique to open beer more safely against concrete and metal...

***How it works - Here your using kinetic energy much the same way as a hammer does, you build it up in the swing and transfer it to the bottle cap, forcing it off, rather than transferring energy slower like squeezing it...
bottlocase6 months ago
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crapsoup1 year ago
After learning "the Pry Method" years ago, I have stopped using bottle openers all together. Now days i can open a bottle with almost anything. The best trick i found is to open it with another unopened bottle. as long as it isn't your last one, you always have a way to open your beers.
killerjackalope (author)  crapsoup1 year ago
I like doing that too, though a liquor bottle with a screw cap solves the last one issue - every time I pick up a bottle of liquor at a party and a beer and do that people don't have a clue what to say after getting half way through a question about the two bottles...
timdomul3 years ago
You can use the door locks from your house, it's easy you just have to do not turn to much your beer or when the gas releases the bear will drop to the the floor but with careful you have your beer opened in a sec.
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This method works great with thick books (i.e. phonebooks).
I have a Australian 20c coin that is roughly the size of a silver dollar, and kind of thick. When I didnt want to damage a nice surface I would use the coin as the lip I would knock the cap off with.

Also: DO NOT Attempt to do this on a solid surface (i.e. brick, stone, metal). You might get glass in your beer.
killerjackalope (author)  SirBrittanicvs4 years ago
Actually there's another way to do it, that'll work on metal edges and brick, stone etc. though sometimes the stone or brick will still scrape the bottle's lip, leading to lip bleeding with out the glass drinking...

Basically hang the cap on the edge the same way as you would and rest the heel of your palm on the bottle top, put your fingers on the surface and press down slowly but very hard on the bottle top, it'll pop off, though if you try and stop your other hand too fast you'll slop beer down your leg or it'll do that weird fly out of the bottle thing and hit your armpit...

The coin tip's a pretty good one, though lately I've diversified out of boredom and now have a mild hatred for bottle openers, be careful of this...
deadburdock5 years ago
I admire your taste in beer, sir!
killerjackalope (author)  deadburdock5 years ago
Cheers, though I'm also a bud and cobra man...
Can Opener5 years ago
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killerjackalope (author)  Can Opener5 years ago
Err spam much?
Glad to see you are demonstrating with the best beer ever made
oh yeah... there's a knife that has a bottle opener in it out there... it's incorperated into the blade itself
collard415 years ago
i have a key that is a bottle opener, so if i can get in the house i can get a beer.
collard415 years ago
how many lighters do you have?
pixelitis5 years ago
[yeowza]..the instructable of all instructables* voted for you too - awesome!
killerjackalope (author)  pixelitis5 years ago
Thanks mate.
=SMART=6 years ago
Ive voted for this :D, Good Luck
killerjackalope (author)  =SMART=6 years ago
Cheers smart... *may need it...
KentsOkay6 years ago
You've got my vote!
killerjackalope (author)  KentsOkay6 years ago
Cheers RS...
pyroman226 years ago
wow that is a complicated botttle opener i just use the ones on my multitool or my wall (yes i have a bottle opener mounted on my wall)
killerjackalope (author)  pyroman226 years ago
It's a swiss-tech utili key, you can get a lot of leverage that way, by simply squeezing the opposite side in to the bottle, or you can lift the side hooking the cap...
how do you use your bare hands to do it, i always wanted to know...
killerjackalope (author)  AnarchistAsian6 years ago
It's called a twist top bottle... Miller have twist tops for example... Though there are a few tricks that involve strong grip and a hidden bottle opener....
i love beer nice instructable
killerjackalope (author)  AnarchistAsian6 years ago
Thanks, I too love beer...
you ever had chinese beer? anyway, about the pocket thing, that happens to me all the time with my cell phone NICE INSTRUCTABLE AGAIN
killerjackalope (author)  AnarchistAsian6 years ago
Thanks again, ha funny the opposite happens to me, I check my pocket and the phone's elsewhere despite me not liking being away from it...
tie a bottle opener to it, and it will always be in your pocket...
killerjackalope (author)  AnarchistAsian6 years ago
Or so you'd think... never works out...
bumpus6 years ago
y'know killer, i just got back from a family reunion and i didnt know most of my relatives are pretty crafty on teh whole opening of booze, congrats on the ible
killerjackalope (author)  bumpus6 years ago
Cheers, there are a tonne of other ways but this lays down the basic techniques that allow you to use random objects, rather than showing you the random object versions each time...
uldics6 years ago
5.5 The full bottle method (not allowed to have last full bottle, allways one full needed). The mix of the pry and empty bottle method. Take the bottle to open in left hand as it stands (vertically, for those in a tank). Take other full bottle in right hand horizontally, facing the lid to the vertical bottles a bit under lid place. Make it even more than horizontal (so the bottom is maybe 15 degrees higher, but not bottom up - this is a nice mistake many make - they open accidentally the highest bottle, the one with bottom up, hehe. Hold the horizontal bottle up against the first bottles lids edge. And push and turn your right hand with your horizontal bottle down and clockwise. xx. Dangerous method. Not working with very hard closed bottles. Use your teeth. As far back in mouth as possible (they are stronger there, and if this method does not work, your smile will stay nice longer). yy. Eye method (fools method). Put your bottle to your eye and open it. Prerequisites: Bottle has to be hidden opened other way just before, preferably by a method not damaging the lid. You have to make little hissss noise with your mouth when you open it.
killerjackalope (author)  uldics6 years ago
The full bottle method has a habit of backfiring when you're figuring it out... However there's a variation, you swing two full bottles down in arcs, the lids catch each other and pop off... it's a very hard trick to do without any spills but even just a little makes it impressive... I personally don't like the idea of encouraging people to do the teeth method...
skunkbait6 years ago
Don't forget seatbelt buckle, car-door lock, paint can opener, spatula (at the risk of breaking the bottle), and teeth (at the risk of breaking the teeth).
killerjackalope (author)  skunkbait6 years ago
A paint can opener is just a funny shaped flahthead the the end of the day... That and new seatbelts don't work for this... I thought that little list was pretty useful since it explained the way to do, allowing for freedom of choice in object...
We've got a different paint can-opener (I'll see if I can post a pic), the tip's like a flathead, but the handle's a triangle like a real cap-lifter. Wouldn't know much about new seatbelts. Can't afford a new car.
killerjackalope (author)  skunkbait6 years ago
Interesting... well not new seatbelts but later cars have alot of variations in seatbelts, many of which are too small to get the bottle cap..
Can't find one of those paint can lifters to save my life. Next time I come across one I'll PM you the pics.
killerjackalope (author)  skunkbait6 years ago
Sure, now we seem like international paint lifter anoraks...
Fresh out of the paint-lifter anoraks, but I think we have some polo-mallet bottle openers.
killerjackalope (author)  skunkbait6 years ago
hehe, it'll have to do... *just in case we both just missed eachother, here anorak refers to someone who knows pointless facts about something, like a sign anorak, who can tell you who designed a stopsign...
Gotcha. Anorak...I was thinking "paint lifter jacket". I figured polo-mallet was equally ridiculous. Well, I just learnt a new useage for an old word!
killerjackalope (author)  skunkbait6 years ago
Haha, excellent mis-communication, and project, a jacket of paint lifters...
I've seen those. The metal bit seems too thin to hold effectively in the event of needing to hold someone. I kind of wonder if they did that redesign because people were opening beer bottles in their car.
killerjackalope (author)  Rishnai6 years ago
Either that or it's a more effective design... Then again, makes sense...
I once tried opening a bottle with my teeth, and completely snapped the neck, Needless to say, I'd had a few, and so I drank it anyway. My teeth were fine the next day, to my joy.
killerjackalope (author)  shooby6 years ago
I've done that stupid mistake too, I don't open bottles with my teeth any more because I got the tooth the the bottle would sit against bust in a fight..
It's funny. I have really soft teeth. Had to get a few falsies. But my bottle teeth are still perfect!
killerjackalope (author)  skunkbait6 years ago
I have very hard sharp teeth, just didn't stand up to a pipe... Horrible feeling, they detonated...
Ouch!
killerjackalope (author)  skunkbait6 years ago
Ach not to worry, so did his nose...
Rishnai6 years ago
One method I've used is a pocketknife. Set the bottle on the table, open the knife, place the tip in the middle of the cap, hold the handle and thump with your other hand. Now like removing burners from an old woodburning stove, just pry and lift. Leverage and ergonomic advantage. Due to sharp items and risk of breaking the beer, this method is only reccommended for the first one.
killerjackalope (author)  Rishnai6 years ago
Basically stabbing the cap to open it... A bit of suitably shaped metal would do that, a starhead screwdriver could have the same effect...
=SMART=6 years ago
Nice, ive never seen the methods in step 1,2,3,4 ! Good choice of lager too, SA is probably my favorite :P
killerjackalope (author)  =SMART=6 years ago
Cheers smart... Hehe that was on deal at the co-op, 36 for £16 we had a BBQ it was great, I think..
LoL, 36 for £16 thats great!
killerjackalope (author)  =SMART=6 years ago
I know... It's great, though just over... They still do the big 700ml bottles for 3 for fiver... And cobra's good stuff...
Yea thats a pretty good deal, wish there was a co-op near me :(
i have to *ahem* acquire.. mine from waitrose which is stupidly expensive, the Asian guy in the off-licence is apparently physic and thinks im 4 years old..
killerjackalope (author)  =SMART=6 years ago
haha, I got served when I was 15... Though certain places are easier by far...
Yea i know a a guy in waitrose so he just turns a blind eye :P
killerjackalope (author)  =SMART=6 years ago
That's the kinda thing the world needs to keep kids drunk nowadays...
yep :P
Luuuuuuuuucky! Alcoholism runs on my dad's side, and the ability to drink vast quantities with no ill effect runs down my mother's. I've never had a chance yet to find out which I take after...
Hahaha when you do tell us lol
Will do...
My local newsagent owner knows i'm 16 and lets me buy what I want. He even knows me by name!
killerjackalope (author)  whatsisface6 years ago
Much the same kind of thing was had here... Being 18 made so little difference...
KentsOkay6 years ago
Nice ible, also good for PREVENTING you from getting to drunk. Many of these techniques seem to require more hand-eye coordination than is available when inebriated.

And I never have said you were alco, I just have made numerous derogatory jokes that you were...
killerjackalope (author)  KentsOkay6 years ago
Actually most of these can be exectued even while heavily inebriated, thankfully they'll slow those that can't handle drink down a bit causing them to get drunk slower...
What an unusual effect, slowing down a person's ability to get drunk...
killerjackalope (author)  KentsOkay6 years ago
It's quite obvious, you'll see a hardened drinker naturally slowing down whereas the new drinker will go until his motor skills are inadequate for beer opening...
Cool guide, there's also one around here somewhere on using newspaper. A friend of my brother's has a pair of sandals with a bottle opener on the bottom...he can open bottles without breaking stride. Yeah, they're in college.
I used to have a bottle opening belt, I used to open by flipping the belt over, shooting the cap straight forwards and up, if I stood in the exact right spot I could get the cap to land down a girls top... Which was kinda funny... It only got me slapped once...
Smooth...
HAHAHA Nice trick!
killerjackalope (author)  =SMART=6 years ago
I may have to make a bottle opener that does just that, flings the cap in a certain direction every time...
lol ive seen those sandals, their made by Reef i think
whatsisface6 years ago
Check this out:


Hahah this is a great vid. I'm not sure if the CD method is legit, but if it is it's pretty damn cool.
killerjackalope (author)  shooby6 years ago
It is, you can see that most of the method used here are based off the principles outlined here, that's why it doesn't have a few hundred steps....
By the way, want a video?
Yeah shove one in. Never hurt.

That's what she said.
killerjackalope (author)  whatsisface6 years ago
No that's what she thought
Hahaha how romantic
Brennn106 years ago
Ooh, Stella Artois; my dad loves that beer.
killerjackalope (author)  Brennn106 years ago
It's not half bad...
I prefer Calsberg Export when it's going cheap (read:free)
Where can you get it for free?
When someone else buys it ;-)
You are smart.
killerjackalope (author)  whatsisface6 years ago
The export's not bad but the tins aren't that nice, they'd be ten times better if it wasn't so damned gassy...
I prefer anything thats free :P
PKM6 years ago
Technique 7- if you have a ballpoint pen and an endless supply of patience you can push the the crimpings out until the cap loosens enough to pop off Technique 8- drink cans- all proper beer comes in cans anyway :P Good guide anyway, I've seen 1, 2 and 5 (and obviously 6) before but never 3 or 4.
whatsisface PKM6 years ago
True, more beer in a can.
killerjackalope (author)  PKM6 years ago
Cheers for that PKM, the ballpoint sounds right up your ally
mspark4006 years ago
nice and i have that utili-key and it rocks
killerjackalope (author)  mspark4006 years ago
Yeah I won mine of the pocket contest, they're great...
pyro136 years ago
Well done! i have never seen alot of these!
killerjackalope (author)  pyro136 years ago
Thanks glad to be of service...
temp6 years ago
Who says pockets aren't biological instinct! I always put stuff into my pockets without knowing it.
killerjackalope (author)  temp6 years ago
I mean looking there isn't yet... We've only got halfway there...
zako6 years ago
dam, i was just about to make an instructables on this, oh well. i like showing off doing this stuff. if you want i can send you another cool way to open it, then you could add it to this instructable. up to you, nice instructable!!!!
killerjackalope (author)  zako6 years ago
yeah sure, i only added the ones that came off the top of my head there... Any more techniques are always appreciated...
Gavabc1236 years ago
if u are not an alco then u are a smoky
killerjackalope (author)  Gavabc1236 years ago
Yeah I do smoke...
What's wrong with being an alco?
he said he was not an alco
Bran6 years ago
I tend to use my hat's bill when I open bottles. It'll wear through the fabric eventually, but it works.
killerjackalope (author)  Bran6 years ago
i now have an image in my head the hats still on your head and you're about to give the cap a good thump...
tiuk6 years ago
You can also roll up a napkin or two, wrap it around the cap and pry it off. It'd be similar to your hook method.
killerjackalope (author)  tiuk6 years ago
Aye though it takes more patience... That and with a wire thing you can actually use them as permanent bottle openers hung from things,...
Gavabc1236 years ago
if u are not an alco then u are a smoky