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Old 05-01-2009, 06:09 PM   #1
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Default Plastic bottles for bottling wine?

Ok call me a hippy if you want, but i kept all 10 half gallon bottles that my apple juice came in to make my apfelwein. I just couldnt see throwing them away.

1. this may be a dumb question, but later when i start dabbling in real fruit wine and/or grape wine can it be bottled in these half gallon plastic bottles? they have the regular screw top. they are PET.

2. also, can they be used for carbonated wines/apfelwein/cider? im not sure how they are at holding pressure but i know when i leave a .5L PET water bottle in my truck it pressurizes and holds it until i open it, and thats without a rubber gasket inside.

anyway, i know it wouldnt win a prize for presentation, but maybe a green award?

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Old 05-01-2009, 06:59 PM   #2
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Ok call me a hippy if you want, but i kept all 10 half gallon bottles that my apple juice came in to make my apfelwein. I just couldnt see throwing them away.

1. this may be a dumb question, but later when i start dabbling in real fruit wine and/or grape wine can it be bottled in these half gallon plastic bottles? they have the regular screw top. they are PET.

2. also, can they be used for carbonated wines/apfelwein/cider? im not sure how they are at holding pressure but i know when i leave a .5L PET water bottle in my truck it pressurizes and holds it until i open it, and thats without a rubber gasket inside.

anyway, i know it wouldnt win a prize for presentation, but maybe a green award?

if you sanitize the caps and bottles you can do this.
I actually extensively use virgin 500ml PET bottles ("1" recycle code) and screw caps to bottle most of my sparkling ciders and beer. shipping glass to Hawaii is too expensive - and the local populace isn't into beer that comes in brown crowncap bottles - so raiding recycle bins for glass is hit or miss...

after I've drunk the contents of the PET bottles, I wash, sanitize and re use them - I insist on getting my plastic bottles and caps back from anyone I give brew to

so I don't see re using your #1 PET juice bottles as being any kind of problem at all. sounds like a smart way to go to me.
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Does this work if the ciders are fairly well carbed? I don't want to blow up any bottles.

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Does this work if the ciders are fairly well carbed? I don't want to blow up any bottles.
If you use bottles that can handle pressure, then it works great! By that I mean, soda bottles or other bottles that can handle carbonation. NOT water bottles, which weren't designed for pressure.
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