Electric Brewing Supply 30A BCS Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > Brown bottles vs all others
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 04-21-2013, 05:39 PM   #1
richlong8020
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Winchester, California
Posts: 326
Liked 9 Times on 9 Posts

Default Brown bottles vs all others

So what's the big stink about using only brown bottles. I have clear, green, blue and different shades of brown. If the beer is stored in a box, in my closet, then refrigerated, what's the problem?

__________________
richlong8020 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-21-2013, 05:41 PM   #2
moscoeb
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Richmond, KY
Posts: 421
Liked 60 Times on 43 Posts

Default

Brown bottles help prevent the risk of skunky beer from UV light.
If your beer is protected at all times and never exposed to UV light even from indoor lighting, then no big deal at all. Use what you got!

__________________
moscoeb is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-21-2013, 05:45 PM   #3
MedicMang
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 9 reviews
 
MedicMang's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Athens, Ohio
Posts: 1,534
Liked 168 Times on 122 Posts
Likes Given: 21

Default

Light only skunks the hops. You don't have to worry if its holding cider.

If they are covered from light though, don't worry and use whatever.

__________________
MedicMang is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-21-2013, 05:54 PM   #4
cooldood
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Belgrade, Maine
Posts: 547
Liked 117 Times on 90 Posts
Likes Given: 38

Default

Same as above. I use brown, green, blue, clear but my bottles never see the light of day until I drink them.

__________________
cooldood is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-21-2013, 06:05 PM   #5
richlong8020
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Winchester, California
Posts: 326
Liked 9 Times on 9 Posts

Default

Ya that's good info. I was starting to stockpile clear cleaned Corona bottles. So I'm glad I keep mine in apple boxes and in the closet until I move to the fridge.

__________________
richlong8020 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-21-2013, 06:10 PM   #6
amandabab
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: spokane, wa
Posts: 1,971
Liked 237 Times on 182 Posts
Likes Given: 446

Default

I use all colors, but most are brown. I think the skunking risks are overblown, but long term stuff goes in brown.
I have some older redhook bottles that are so light, they are closer to yellow than brown.

For beer thats going into boxes, aged in a closet and isn't going to be sitting in the sun in an open ice chest at a BBQ, I'd rather have the extra batch or so of clear/blue/green/yellow storage than stop using them.

__________________
amandabab is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-21-2013, 08:27 PM   #7
homebrewdad
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Birmingham, AL
Posts: 3,076
Liked 327 Times on 244 Posts
Likes Given: 230

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by amandabab View Post
I use all colors, but most are brown. I think the skunking risks are overblown, but long term stuff goes in brown.
I have some older redhook bottles that are so light, they are closer to yellow than brown.

For beer thats going into boxes, aged in a closet and isn't going to be sitting in the sun in an open ice chest at a BBQ, I'd rather have the extra batch or so of clear/blue/green/yellow storage than stop using them.
I dunno, I've read experiments on this. Beer in clear bottles skunked literaly in minutes when exposed to sunlight.

Do note, though, that brown glass still skunked when exposed to sunlight.... it just took longer.

Keep it out of the sun, and you are fine.
__________________
Homebrew Dad - blogging about making my own beer and raising a lot of kids.
Check out the priming sugar calculator and the beer calorie calculator.

Fermenting: nothing
Lagering: Swarthy Satyr (traditional bock)
Bottled: Royal Goblin (Hoppy Hobgoblin rendition), Treasure Type "T" (oatmeal toffee stout), Enchantress (big Irish red ale), Frostfire (Oktoberfest), Thundersmoke brown ale
homebrewdad is offline
amandabab Likes This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-23-2013, 12:10 AM   #8
andvari7
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 321
Liked 49 Times on 37 Posts

Default

This is why I'm gravitating towards ceramic bottles, which are completely opaque. I reckon that no light = no skunking, and no skunking = better beer.

Problem is, those bottles, which only St. Sebastiaan and Rogue seem to sell in my area, aren't very easy to find, and the beer they contain costs a fortune. I've asked Rogue where they get their bottles, and all they would say is that they come from Europe, and are really difficult to get.

__________________
andvari7 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Green bottles vs Brown bottles Big_Cat General Beer Discussion 15 10-16-2012 06:36 AM
Are brown plastic soda bottles the same as PET brewers' bottles? brewhan Bottling/Kegging 3 02-02-2010 06:09 PM
Green vs. Brown Bottles spie0092 Bottling/Kegging 6 10-30-2007 05:15 PM
Bottles -- Clear vs. Brown Mutilated1 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 31 10-19-2007 04:00 AM
Brown Bottles vs Cobalt Bottles. Forrest Bottling/Kegging 3 06-20-2007 06:43 PM