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Old 06-03-2010, 12:39 AM   #1
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Default Different tastes in different bottles?

This may sound strange.......but with my last couple of batches I've noticed that while I'm drinking my beer I can tell a difference in the taste depending on the type of bottle I used.

I've noticed that if I use a Corona bottle, the flavors seem to come together and if I use a Newcastle bottle, it tastes.....not bad.....just still green.

I know that this sounds silly and there's probably nothing to it. I also know that someone is going to say something about using clear bottles. They were free and I've always used clear bottles.

Just thought I'd ask if anyone else has ever noticed anything similar.

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Old 06-03-2010, 01:05 AM   #2
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sounds like you need a blind taste test.

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Old 06-03-2010, 03:51 PM   #3
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The bigger question is why you're using clear bottles? You may be tasting your beer starting to turn skunky, perhaps different rates due to the different shapes of your clear bottles?

I'm no beer expert, just my guess. I've never experienced a change in taste, and I use all kinds of different brown bottles (longnecks, shorties, etc)

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Old 06-03-2010, 06:17 PM   #4
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+1 for the blind taste test.

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Old 06-03-2010, 07:47 PM   #5
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The bigger question is why you're using clear bottles? You may be tasting your beer starting to turn skunky, perhaps different rates due to the different shapes of your clear bottles?

I'm no beer expert, just my guess. I've never experienced a change in taste, and I use all kinds of different brown bottles (longnecks, shorties, etc)
There is nothing wrong with using clear bottles. The skunkiness comes from exposure to light, not the fact that the bottle is clear. IF you store them in a dark area or just keep them covered, the skunks will leave them alone.
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Old 06-04-2010, 05:46 AM   #6
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There is nothing wrong with using clear bottles. The skunkiness comes from exposure to light, not the fact that the bottle is clear.
That would be my guess as well though, How many people that drink intentionally skunked beer think that's how beer is supposed to taste (as in corona, Stella, or any number of other "import" beers.)

Not Criticizing you at all bennyd, but with the info you gave it just seems suspect. Could the clear bottles have been cleaned better than the amber ones because you were able to see any junk left in there?

I really don't use any clear bottles at all, but I do use green bottles for my 5 and 10 day samples, just because I have a few and want them out of the way fairly quickly. If they work for you though, keep using them.
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Old 06-04-2010, 12:20 PM   #7
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I have the same issue. Beers in my grolsch bottles just come out better, I think it's a carbonation issue, and I'm not capping my beers as well as I should be.

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Old 06-04-2010, 04:08 PM   #8
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Well.....I knew someone would say something about clear bottles (and thank you for the replies, by the way). They are all cleaned thoroughly. The cases carbonate in a black garbage bag in a dark room and then go directly to the fridge downstairs. No exposure to sun at all.

The different flavor that I was talking about is not skunkiness. It is a bit of a watered down taste where the other flavors in the aftertaste haven't mellowed as much as they should. Maybe I need to wait longer to put them in the fridge. I've always gone 3 weeks. Maybe I'll wait 4 next time.

Just trying to start a discussion. I think I will definitely do the blind taste test.

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Larger bottles like pints and 22's tend to take a little longer to carb and condition than 12 ouncers, so it is quite common to have different rates of conditioning in various sized bottles. But also just a tiny difference in temps between bottles in storage can affect the yeasties. Like if you store them in a closet against a warm wall, the beers closest to the heat source may be a tad warmer than those further way, so thy may carb/condition at slightly different rates. I usually store a batch in 2 seperate locations in my loft 1 case in my bedroom which is a little warmer, and the other in the closet in the lving room, which being in a larger space is a tad cooler, at least according to the thermostat next to that closet. It can be 5-10 degrees warmer in my bedroom. So I usually start with that case at three weeks. Giving the other half a little more time.

Each little bottle is a seperate microcosm, so they will react slightly different to each other. But usually they all will balance out given enough time.

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