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Old 04-30-2012, 05:19 AM   #1
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Default Best bottles for bottling beer

I keep hearing Sierra Nevada bottles work very well. Any other recommendations?

Ideas as to what bottles to stay away from would be appreciated as well.

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Old 04-30-2012, 08:06 AM   #2
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You can use any commerical bottle that is not a screw-off bottle. The only real difference is the size of the bottle and the difficulty of removing a particular brewer's labels.

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Old 04-30-2012, 08:55 AM   #3
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You can still use screw tops but you can't use a hand capper to do so. You'll need a bench capper. The reason is the lip where the hand capper grabs on will not be strong or thick enough to clamp to and will result in either the bottle breaking or more likely the capper not able to apply proper pressure.

With that said, go to your local pub and befriend the barkeep with a couple nights of healthy tipping, then ask him to set aside all the Sam Adams bottles he can muster. Pick them up daily so they don't pile up at the bar and after a couple weeks you'll be swimming in good cappable bottles where the labels peel right off.

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I have found New Belgian Brewery 12oz bottles don't work well for me. I tend to crack them when I am bottling. They are the only ones I have had this issue with. Their 22oz bottles are fine.
When you pick up a NBB 12 oz bottle and compare it to other 12 oz bottles it feels like a stunt bottle it is so light.

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Old 04-30-2012, 01:15 PM   #5
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I use Sierra Nevada and Sam Adams bottles. Never a problem with either. The Sams take up less shelf space but I prefer the 24 oz SNs.

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Guiness big boppers if you can't get Fishers flip tops. Both are brown and reduce light strike. And their good to empty!

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Would any of you recommend the grolsch bottles? I like the idea of not having to bottle it but is the seal durable enough to last? And is the green bottle really going to affect the quality of the beer?

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Celebrator Doppelbach bottles are great. Thicker glass than most other bottles. Same with Duvel bottles. They're unique in shape too.

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I have found New Belgian Brewery 12oz bottles don't work well for me. I tend to crack them when I am bottling. They are the only ones I have had this issue with. Their 22oz bottles are fine.
When you pick up a NBB 12 oz bottle and compare it to other 12 oz bottles it feels like a stunt bottle it is so light.
The 12 oz bottles don't work well with a hand capper or at least that's my experience...I believe the ridge around the neck ir too small for the hand capper to pull the cap down onto the lip.

Sam Adams seems to be the best bottles that are easiest to find.
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Would any of you recommend the grolsch bottles? I like the idea of not having to bottle it but is the seal durable enough to last? And is the green bottle really going to affect the quality of the beer?
Grolsch bottles are fine and I believe the seals can be replaced...the green glass is only an issue if you store the bottles in place that can exposed to uv light. I used to use clear glass but I keep the bottles in beer boxes and a small fridge that didn't have a light.
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