A can of beer has a lid, right? Well, not exactly. In fact, it’s important that you know how to open a can with a butter knife so that you don’t get stuck trying to pry the can apart while drinking your beer. Here’s how to do it.
First, you’ll need an extra can of beer handy. Take your butter knife and cut a hole in the can’s cover. You should be able to insert your finger between the can and the hole in the can to feel where the stem valve closes. This is what you’ll want to keep your hands in as you pull the can out of the hole.
Once you’ve located the stem valve, you can insert your index finger into the can and turn it upside down. Turn the handle side way down until it doesn’t feel any resistance when you handle the can with your fingertips. Then you can simply push the can towards the opening in the can and out of the hole.
Of course, if you have a can opener that’s like the Old Dutchman or a Curved Spout, you’ll have a different set of instructions. For these types, you have a stem valve on the bottom and an arm that push the can upwards. To open these can openers, you simply have to turn the handle counterclockwise and the top of the can goes up. Again, for these models, you need to know how to open a can with a butter knife because the design of the stem valve will keep the blade from cutting into the can in the process.
Now, let’s assume that you’ve successfully opened the can. Next, take the can in one hand and the lid in the other and hold the can upright with both hands. What you want to do is to put your thumb on the lid and pull it down so that a seal is created. Put your index finger on the stem and apply pressure until the can comes free of the hole. Once you’ve created the seal, hold the can upright and the stem valve closed with your thumb and index finger.
Now, if you have a generator then you probably know how to open a can with a butter knife and a key hook. Again, for these models, you simply have to turn the handle counterclockwise and the lid will come down. If you don’t know how to do this, then you’re going to have to look at your beer kegerator maintenance guide or consult your owner’s manual. This step may be slightly more difficult than the previous steps if your generator is new or if you’re not familiar with how your generator is supposed to work.
The final step is simply to take the can and pour your homebrew into the keg. Secure the cap with your finger and flip the top over so that the seal is complete. Tighten the keg hook so that you can now put the cap back on and repeat the process until you’re left with the top off can.
So those are the basic ways of how to open a can with a beer can opener. If you follow these simple tips, you’ll find opening a can to be very easy. However, if you’re going to be an avid home brewer, then you’ll probably want to invest in a can opener, which will allow you to open a can for each and every keg you make!
One of the best brands when it comes to can openers is Keurig. They make several different models with many different functions that you’ll be able to use for different kinds of beer. If you’re someone who only makes light beer, then you’ll probably want to go with one of their can openers designed specifically for that. If you make regular, full-strength beer, then you should look at a can opener manufactured by Blich Bloc.
These are among the more popular brands, and their can openers have some very clever features that make opening a can with a beer can a snap! They use a “Y-shaped” design in order to keep the can lid open. Then, there’s a little hook on the top of the can opener that helps to tilt the can upright. When you want to open it, all you do is twist the side of the can. There’s also a handy little lever on the top of the can opener that you’ll want to push in order to lower it down and lift it out of your hands.
If you own a Keurig brewer and want to learn how to open a can with a beer can, you can buy a device called the K-Cup can opener. This nifty little thing is what you need to open most types of can, but it works especially well with light beer. The great thing about these can openers is that they don’t put any strain on your Keurig brewing system at all. Instead of pulling apart the can (which is kind of silly because it takes two hands to do this, even if you can open a can with a beer can opener), you just put the K-Cup can opener right in place and it opens up. It’s that simple and you’ll be able to open a can in a snap!