Opening That Beer, Many a Way...

About: A Northern Ireland based maker with a propensity to cause trouble and freshly constructed family.

Intro: Opening That Beer, Many a Way...

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...

Step 1: The Pry Method...

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...

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...

Step 3: The Push Up Method.

This one involves a lighter or similar object, even a phone (at risk of sever scratching...) place the top of the object with the corner along the lip of the cap, take both hands and push up with your thumbs...

The cap should slowly pop off, hissing a bit first, this one really isn't recommended for shaken beer, it'll shoot out at you...

***How it works - This one is more an ergonomic advantage, where the object is there to give you something to push against effectively...

Step 4: Using a Hook of Some Sort...

You can use anything like a strong bit of wire or a good sized hook for this one, basically you wrap it under cap lip and pull using a handle of some sort...

Some people like to tie little hangman's nooses, I'll admit it's kinda funny...

***How it works - This one is again and ergonomic advantage, where you have something to pull on, however it can also be given a mechanical advantage by simply levering the handle away from you against something...

Step 5: The Empty Bottle Method.

This is essentially the same as the thump or squeezing down method but using an empty bottle instead...

Set the empty bottle down on the table, if it has a very round rim then flip it over, the bottom can be used...

Take the lip of the cap and put it in against the rim of the bottle, while holding the empty push down making sure the weight goes right down, you can get away with hitting the shatter-proof bottles but it's best to avoid thumping them...

***How it works - Basically the same as the wall method, using kinetic energy or giving you an ergonomic and mechanical advantage...

Step 6: Find the Bottle Opener at the End of It All...

Turns out it was in your pocket the whole time...

***How it works - You never suspect it to be hiding close by and it's natural to go back to look where you last where, pockets aren't biological instinct yet, but soon we will evolve with pockets, much like marsupials...

If you are looking for something to do with the empty bottles, anarchistasian and I collaborated on This little lamp think of it as a candle only less classy...

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    crapsoup

    3 years ago on Introduction

    here is a fun video me and a buddy made, using these same principles a while back.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR0mit4JJaE

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    crapsoup

    5 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    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...

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    timdomul

    7 years ago on Introduction

    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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    SirBrittanicvs

    8 years ago on Step 5

    This method works great with thick books (i.e. phonebooks).

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    SirBrittanicvs

    8 years ago on Step 2

    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.

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    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...

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    oh yeah... there's a knife that has a bottle opener in it out there... it's incorperated into the blade itself

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    collard41

    10 years ago on Introduction

    i have a key that is a bottle opener, so if i can get in the house i can get a beer.