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Old 08-13-2012, 01:53 AM   #221
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any beer bottle that isn't screw caps should work fine.

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Old 08-13-2012, 02:10 AM   #222
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As I am so new this, and money is kinda tight right now, looking to try this out in one gallon carboys first. So would using one fifth of the original recipe work? Sorry if this question is stupid, just don't want to screw this up!

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Old 08-13-2012, 02:46 AM   #223
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Welcome snort! Generally any bottles you clean and sanitized can be used. I'm not sure how much argument there may be on here regarding the COLOR of bottles though. Heineken is green if I remember right. Most often, you'll want to use the amber ones if you can get them. My personal favorite to use is Sam Adams because they use the style that caps the easiest in my experience - look at the rim of the bottle to note the differences.

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Old 08-13-2012, 05:26 AM   #224
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Green is bad for beer because it let's UV light in which will create sulfury compounds when it reacts with hops. Since cider has no hops then green or even clear bottles are just fine.

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Old 08-13-2012, 09:57 AM   #225
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As I am so new this, and money is kinda tight right now, looking to try this out in one gallon carboys first. So would using one fifth of the original recipe work? Sorry if this question is stupid, just don't want to screw this up!
Yep. One fifth of every thing except the yeast. Use half the package. You can,t save the yeast after it's been opened very long any way.
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Old 08-13-2012, 02:10 PM   #226
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New brewer here, looking to start out in making this recipe. I have one question about what bottles to use. I have acces to several bars in my area, but not many guiness drinkers in the area. I'm thinking of using old Heineken bottles and re capping them. Thoughts?
Don't think the bottles matter. They just need to be cap bottles and not twist offs.
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Old 08-13-2012, 02:37 PM   #227
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If your getting recycle bottles from the local pub try and get the grolsch bottles that have the swing tops... Replacement rubbers are like .25 each and last 4 or 5 uses...

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Old 08-14-2012, 02:38 AM   #228
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Ok yet another question. I have access to plenty of 5 gallon food grade (yogurt) buckets. Assuming I clean and sanitize well, is there any reason not to use my food grade bucket for a primary and then rack to a clear carboy for seconday/clearing. I assume there would be no problem using another bucket with a spigot added for bottling after the secondary. Just looking to save some costs. Also I have access to all the sanitizing solution I want. Wondering if it would be ok to use for brewing. The active ingredients are hydrochloride in one and another hydrochloride something or other in the second( will post the exact percentages tomorrow). Thoughts?

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Old 08-14-2012, 02:40 AM   #229
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Also getting the grolsch bottles are not an option, but because I live in Wisconsin, I have all the free, re capable bottles I want! We have so many micro brews around I feel I need to "join the club" lol!

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Old 08-14-2012, 03:55 AM   #230
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Should be good on the buckets, just clean well, sanitizer is sanitizer, just follow food prep guidelines and contact times...

Sounds like you are on the right track, let us know how the cider brew day goes for ya

I am looking to do this in time for halloween...

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