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Old 12-10-2008, 11:52 PM   #1
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Can a hard cider or Apfelwein be bottled in clear bottles? I would love to make some but I am limited on brown bottles. I am sure that I have enough clear bottles laying around to do a batch though. Is sunlight really an issue with the hops (which the cider has none) or something else? I would do this carbonated like a normal beer bottling. Thanks!

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Old 12-11-2008, 12:05 AM   #2
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Filtering out light is primarily for not skunking beers due to the reaction of UV light on hops. Just hide the clear bottles in a dark place if you are concerned.

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Old 12-11-2008, 12:07 AM   #3
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Clear bottle are fine for Apfelwein. Skunking in clear bottles is because of the hops. I used 5 ounces of priming and bottled mine just like beer. Mine took a little longer than beer to became fully carbed but I don't like green Apfelwein so that was fine with me.

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Old 12-11-2008, 12:09 AM   #4
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I did and I like the ability to look through the glass and think, "Oh, this is going to be good!".

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Old 12-11-2008, 12:51 AM   #5
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It is fine, but while skunking won't happen, light does affect wines and ciders. It will slowly strip the color and flavor from the brew. This isn't a major concern, but its best to at least keep clear bottles out of direct sunlight. In the end, no worries and enjoy your brew.

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Old 12-11-2008, 05:04 AM   #6
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one good thing to use the corona bottles for i have a couple cases of. i use them to bottle my cider. i use the boxes to box it back up and all nice and good. no loss of flavor color or taste ;-)

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Old 12-11-2008, 07:18 AM   #7
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I have an empty six pack of newcastle that I will usually use one bottle from. It makes me feel extra special to see the beer clear in the bottle.

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