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Six pack can holders
« on: February 16, 2014, 07:43:05 PM »
I'm not a pro brewer, I'm just a lowly homebrewer and beer consumer.  I love the can revolution, but I truly hate these six pack holders that cover the top of each can.  I know the plastic rings I grew up with were an environmental disaster, but there has to be a better way than these can  holders.  There's no way to get a can loose without shaking it up and the volume of plastic required upsets my environmental sensibilities.  End of rant, what options are available to the pro beer canner?
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Re: Six pack can holders
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2014, 07:44:55 PM »
I'm with you. I little pull tab that breaks the ring but doesn't come off would be nice.

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Re: Six pack can holders
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2014, 08:56:37 PM »
How about just put them in a box?

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Re: Six pack can holders
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2014, 09:26:53 PM »
Amen brother.  I hate those things.

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Re: Six pack can holders
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2014, 12:07:47 AM »
I like the challenge! Actually I hate them. I figure there must be a trick but I'm not figuring it out

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Re: Six pack can holders
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2014, 12:10:31 AM »
I always pull them apart and stick them in the fridge individually.  Maybe you could use some wire cutters or something to crack the edge and make them easier to release

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Re: Six pack can holders
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2014, 12:14:40 AM »
Chainsaw?

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Re: Six pack can holders
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2014, 12:45:03 AM »
My see you have been butchering elephants jim.

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Re: Six pack can holders
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2014, 02:18:29 AM »
Swiped from interweb. Thought of using it for a label. Call it "Surgeon General Warning"

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Re: Six pack can holders
« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2014, 08:08:27 AM »
I think they could still use the old 6 pack can holders with rings.  They are all biodegradable in N. America now.  However, I think probrewers are limited to what is available or economical for low-volume canning operations. 
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Re: Six pack can holders
« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2014, 08:10:45 AM »
They are evil.
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Re: Six pack can holders
« Reply #11 on: February 17, 2014, 08:15:44 AM »
I don't really have much trouble with them. Put thumb on top, wrap fingers around can, press with thumb and pull. For a small operation, the HDPE holders are pretty attractive, IMHO. There's some free branding, assuming you can pick a color no one else in your market is using. Plus they can be put on the cans with nothing more than a rubber mallet, and they're durable enough that they can generally be reused at least a couple times. As you say, there's also the environmental consideration - for some reason, consumers don't realize that the old-school rings are recyclable.

The only other option I've seen is the plastic rings that go around the center of the cans and have a carrying handle.
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Re: Six pack can holders
« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2014, 08:21:33 AM »
It's rare when I find a can that just won't break free without the jaws of life.

I do find it surprising that the plastic holders are used over cardboard boxes. I would think the boxes would be cheaper and easier to fill on a line.
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Re: Six pack can holders
« Reply #13 on: February 17, 2014, 09:24:57 AM »
Using cardboard carriers would require more printing. Why spend the money on the carrier when the can is already 100% printed?

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Re: Six pack can holders
« Reply #14 on: February 17, 2014, 10:43:16 AM »
Try push-ups. :p
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