There are times, when out camping, that a beverage is trapped in a capped bottle and I don't have an opener. How do I open the bottle, preferably with some item I might have in my pockets?

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    @JustSomeGuy Have you tried anything that didn't work? Did you try opening it with you hand and that didn't work? – liebs19 Dec 16 '14 at 14:06
  • I usually wrap my lid in a thick napkin and twist. – L.B. Dec 19 '14 at 1:02

There are many, many options for bottle cap removal.

As mentioned but not really explained there's the lighter trick:

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The key to this method is having a tight grip on the neck of the bottle so that your hand/fulcrum doesn't move when you apply force with the lighter/lever. You can apply this method with most anything you have lying around: keys, spoons, or even other beer bottles, not just lighters. A friend of mine used to do a party trick where he would open two bottles in one motion, its was a risky trick though he would usually spill at least one of the beers.

Another option is the counter top method:

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This method will tend to chip and scratch most counter tops so I don't recommend it. You just sit the lip of the cap on the edge of a counter or table and smack the top of the bottle. If you can find a surface that isn't likely to be damaged this method is pretty reliable though.

You can also pry the cap lose with a knife or key:

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Again I don't really recommend this method, its tedious and slow, but it works. You work the edge of a key under the individual folds in the cap and pry them out. after going half way around the bottle the cap should come off easily.

See this wikiHow article for a few more options, most are more or less variations on the same basic principles described above using different tools, but it does give some pretty good step by step directions.

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Anything hard with an edge can be used to lever the cap off with a tight enough grip on the bottle.

Possible things you might have around while camping:

  • A spoon
  • A lighter
  • A knife
  • A rock
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    Could you be more specific as to how you get a grip on the cap. Simply prying will probably result in tool slip and possibly injury to your prying hand as it hits the lip of the cap. – user100 Dec 11 '14 at 16:30
  • @KevinJohnsrude If you want to avoid potential injury, it's probably best to use a tool designed for the job. – fredley Dec 11 '14 at 16:35

With another bottle!

The idea is that you use the bottle cap of another bottle as a lever and to prise the bottle cap off. If you don't want to risk doing that with a unopened bottle a loose cap will do.

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A ring on your finger will work too. It's a little tricky, but I got it to work on my first try.

Basically using the ring to grab the metal edges of the cap, and prying them away from the bottle. Get 3-5 prongs to loosen up and then go back to the center prong and put more pressure than before. This time it should (more or less) open right up.

  • Hold the bottle high on the neck, almost as close as you can to the bottle cap.

  • The ring is going to feel like it's cutting into your finger, but it won't actually break any skin.

    • If you have a cheaper quality ring, you'll (eventually) notice a bit of deformation in the ring.

    • I wouldn't do this with a nice ring, it'll likely scratch the ring.

Youtube link showing exactly what I'm talking about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-HSgXflNec

LifeHacker Article: http://lifehacker.com/5082121/open-a-beer-bottle-with-a-ring

Make a $2 purchase and get a bad-ass Ring Thing Bottle Opener: http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=ring+beer+opener&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=29940260847&hvpos=1s1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=18431845672630519405&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=b&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_5kqp0i9zkt_b

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  • Take care if you're using this option, as you are effectively using your finger bones as leverage to open the bottle. In other words, there is a risk of injuring your finger! – holroy Mar 30 '15 at 9:13

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