Given a bottle that has a non-twist metallic cap (e.g. on a beer bottle), is there a way to remove the cap and end up with it not being bent?

Could it be removed without being bent? Or is there a way to remove it with minimal distortion such that it can be bent back to the way it was before being removed?

I am looking to collect bottle caps for a project. However, my beers of choice do not have twist caps, which results in a lot of mutilated (unusable) bottle caps.

Switching beers is not an option.

  • I collect bottle caps, but mostly plastic ones. I just collect from the recycling bins and use the ones from bottles that we finish. I've collected ~3,000 bottle caps now.
    – Mithical
    Commented Dec 14, 2016 at 9:51
  • Might want to specify "glass bottle" in the title
    – Stevoisiak
    Commented Aug 9, 2017 at 16:50

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Using a common crown cap opener, if you lift just enough for the cap to move (first time or two you'll also hear the hiss of pressure released from inside the bottle), then rotate the bottle relative to the opener (about 1/8 turn is good), before lifting just enough to move the cap again, and work around, you should be able to work the cap off without significant damage to the top. The crimp will, of course, be opened, but there should be very little if any distortion of the cap above the crown section.

  • After trying several methods mentioned here, this one is by far the fastest and most convenient. The results were spot-on: not as perfect as a twist-top, but as good as I could expect given that some distortion must occur.
    – user2021
    Commented Dec 17, 2016 at 6:46

To acquire a completely unbent bottle cap, break the bottle. This is messy and wasteful, and probably dangerous, but if you shatter the neck of the bottle into small pieces, most of the time the cap will remain pristine. (Every now and then, you'll wind up with a ring of glass inside the cap, and that would be hard to break/remove.)

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    Okay, now this is out of the box thinking. +1
    – Zeiss Ikon
    Commented Dec 14, 2016 at 17:19
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    While technically correct, this violates the spirit of the question: if the beer is undrinkable due to glass fragments, it is not drinkable: that constitutes alcohol abuse.
    – user2021
    Commented Dec 14, 2016 at 19:14
  • There's gotta be a way to break the bottle without ruining the beer...
    – Carl
    Commented Dec 27, 2016 at 0:20
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    @Carl I wouldn't want to risk even a tiny glass splinter in something I'm ingesting! Maybe ... a blowtorch to melt most of the glass neck, to separate the top inch from the rest of the bottle, and then you just break that top inch to remove the cap. Commented Dec 27, 2016 at 0:45
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    @Carl Frozen objects just get more brittle, so that would probably just make it worse. Oh, unless you freeze the BEER, which would break the bottle as it expands, but then you rinse the glass shards off your frozen beer and then let it thaw...? Lol that probably wouldn't be very delicious! Commented Dec 27, 2016 at 18:40

You could use a paper sheet to open beer bottle having the non-twist metallic cap.

  1. Twist paper, fold it down to form as shown

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  2. You could open beer bottle as shown

  3. The bottle caps will be left back with no bends on it.

  • this also works with the back side of a lighter. I've done it several times. Might be a bit tricky the first times you try, but you'll get used to it. Commented Aug 11, 2017 at 11:18

The answer given by Maneesh Mohan would work, but I would add that there are many possible ways to open a bottle from below like that. In my experience, different tools work better for different kinds of bottles.

In general, you can use anything sturdy as a lever: with one side below the crown and your hand as the fulcrum (holding the neck of the bottle, just below the cap). Things often used: a knife (sideways, with the back of the blade), any lighter, another bottle (even an open one, if you're skilled), etc.

Whenever you open the bottle this way, the cap generally stays unbent. With virtually every purpose-made opener the cap gets bent because it places the hinge-point on the cap, instead of externally.


Put the whole container into the freezer. Freeze it solid, the cap will come off rather forcefully but should stay intact.

You might have better luck with different positions of the bottle. Try with the top up, down, and horizontal to move the airspace to different positions to affect the pressure by the expanding liquid.

Reduce the cleanup by putting the whole thing inside a roasting pan to catch the contents. Cover the glass with a dish cloth or small towel in case it bursts.


I saw this on a random facebook video (so don't know where to link to)

However, if you place a coin on top of the bottle lid when using a normal bottle opener, this prevents the lid from being bent and damaged.

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