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Old 04-02-2009, 05:59 AM   #11
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EZ cap are my fav, but there are expensive, and I'm just getting into kegging so they will get less use now.

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Old 04-02-2009, 06:15 AM   #12
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Sierra Nevada 12oz, and various imported Imperial pint bottles. (Fuller's, Belhaven, various German flip-tops, etc.) That way I get one pour per bottle, which perfectly fills my favorite Sam Adams and nonic pint glasses. I hate making a second pour from a bottle of homebrew, as tilting it up can stir up the yeast and cloud the beer.

The SNPA 12oz bottles are great...not too tall, completely unmarked, and emptying them of their original content is quite enjoyable.

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Old 04-02-2009, 10:36 AM   #13
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My bottle collection consists largely of 12 oz. 9 inch commercial recappable bottles.....probably about 450. I toss any like the Sierra Nevada or New Belgium that aren't 9 inch. The glass isn't all that thick in most of them, but they cap & hold up fine. Only had two fail so far. I also have @ 20 of the 16 oz. flip-tops. I have a few larger bottles, but these tend to be problematic unless they can be emptied in one pour, as the sediment gets stirred up.

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Old 04-02-2009, 10:55 AM   #14
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I still have 16 1 litre Mr Beer bottles.....And I fill those first. I love them.

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Old 04-02-2009, 12:49 PM   #15
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I have a wide variety of bottles though most are standard 12oz pop tops or 22oz. I like the ones that are a little different or unusual. Like Orval bottles (really nice shape), Red Stripe (The short squat design is quite different), Guiness Extra Stout (another short bottle). The 16oz aluminum bottles I have are really nice. First they are Steelers 75th anniversary, second 16oz is a great size and finally Al bottles are much lighter that glass. My newest bottle is a 2 liter fliptop bottle. It has a great design and was only $10 filled with a German Dopplebock.

Get a capper, they are cheap and easy to use. Then you can use whatever bottles you can get. You don't really need to buy bottles because you can reuse many commercial varieties.

The local grocery store is carrying a German brand in 16oz brown fliptops for $2.75 each. The have Hefeweizen, Bavarian Ale and Dopplebock. All are much better than Grolsh and the bottles are better too. Its not cheap beer but its about the same price as Ez-cap bottles are empty.

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Old 04-02-2009, 01:41 PM   #16
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I try to stick with one bottle type per batch. I have a full set of:
1. Grolsch swing-top
2. Standard brown long-necks
3. Sierra Nevada stubbies
4. Anchor curvy stubbies

The grocery store near me carries 24oz Sierra bottles, so I'm accumulating those. I also have a smattering of 22oz guinness extra stout bottles and 750ml champagne/cider bottles. I'd love to have a full set of Red Stripe bottles or Orvals.

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Old 04-02-2009, 02:29 PM   #17
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Guinness bottles are my #1 all time favorite. The sexy feminine shape of the bottles, the ease of label removal... Man, those things are just plain sexy.

#2 are Anchor Steam. They just look... arcane? Ancient, maybe? I don't know, but they look like mini-wine bottles. Good stuff.
+1 on teh Guinness draught bottles. I had the local bar and grill save me the ones they bought for St Patrick's Day and it was so easy to take off the label and pull out the widget.
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Old 04-02-2009, 02:46 PM   #18
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Pacifico Bottles are a favorite of mine. Heavy 12 ounce Brown glass with long necks and labels that practically come off while you are drinking them.

I also have a good assortment of German 500ml bottles from Franziskaner Weiss Bier.

Expensive, but fun to empty the first time, and each time thereafter.

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Old 04-02-2009, 05:17 PM   #19
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Guinness bottles are my #1 all time favorite. The sexy feminine shape of the bottles, the ease of label removal... Man, those things are just plain sexy.

#2 are Anchor Steam. They just look... arcane? Ancient, maybe? I don't know, but they look like mini-wine bottles. Good stuff.

Exactly here! (for aesthetic reasons)

However, for actual ease of bottling my 10 cases of German flip-tops cannot be topped!
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Old 04-02-2009, 06:38 PM   #20
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32 oz swingtops. I have dozens of of them. Yes, they were really expensive.

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