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Old 09-01-2010, 10:00 AM   #1
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Default Blue bottles, yay or nay?

I'm considering bottling conditioning an ale in blue bottles. I'm not sure, however, if the blue glass will have any kind of effect on the final product, is there anything I need to be aware of?

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Old 09-01-2010, 10:19 AM   #2
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I see no issues with blue bottles per se. Similar light blocking levels as brown, maybe not quite as much, but keep the bottles out of light while storing.

My only concern is of global conservationism. Do you know how many Smurfs die every year to get the blue into the glass? The world Smurf population has hit a low since blue glass was introduced in the mid 1800's. Please, think of the Smurfs.

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I'll trade you brown bottles for your blue ones.

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Old 09-01-2010, 07:27 PM   #4
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I can hear it now... "I have a wicked case of blue bottles".

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Old 09-02-2010, 02:32 AM   #5
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I know in Pennsylvania blue bottle are on the cheep since Penn State issued Nittany Ale a cease and desist. My local shop was selling them for 5 bucks a case to get rid of them.

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Basic Brewing did a show on this, and found the blue bottles to be the worst of the colours for blocking sun, and it was only slightly better than clear bottles. I guess if you handled them properly there would be no problems, just need to be careful.

http://www.edenfoods.com/articles/vi...rticles_id=181

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Old 09-02-2010, 09:41 PM   #7
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NAY! I Say.

As lurker mentions, BBR April 10, 2008 link to show, link to accompanying PDF. Basically for UV blocking purposes you can treat blue as if it were clear.

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Use any color you want - even clear. Store them in the dark (a box for example). RDWHAHB

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Thank you everyone, and remember that those smurfs had it coming.

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im sorry but I dont buy into the whole sunlight stuff.... I drink coronas all day out in the hot summer sun and the beer tastes fine unless piss warm but any beer will taste bad if its been sitting out in the sun.... Same goes for budlight, that comes in a brown bottle and I can drink that all day out in the sun.... I dont see what the difference is if it were a blue bottle also... I say go for it... My vote in YAY!!!!!!!!!!

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