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Old 01-02-2012, 06:11 PM   #1
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Default Which bottles are best and old grolsch bottle surprise

Just got a brewer's best deluxe kit for christmas from a very good girlfriend.

She got me 12 22oz bombers with it, but obviously I need more.

Question is are there any particular company's bottles better than others? I know to stick to brown for the most part.

Also, while at my grandparents house for the holidays my grandma gave me 6 grolsch bottles that my mom actually brought back from Belgium in the early 70s.

I'm pretty pumped about having these bottles. They have porcleain caps instead of plastic like a lot of the newer ones. Almost a shame to take off the labels. I know to replace the old rubber gaskets on them, but do I need to worry about bottle strength at all? From what I have found to read, it seems older isn't usually bad but sometimes stronger and of higher quality.

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Old 01-02-2012, 08:20 PM   #2
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The Grolsch bottles should be fine. Any brand for bottles will work. Just make sure they are not twist offs.

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Old 01-02-2012, 08:55 PM   #3
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The Grolsch bottles should be fine. Any brand for bottles will work. Just make sure they are not twist offs.
Of course. Other than the obvious that I can't cap them, I read that they are thinner glass as well. Didn't know that.

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I do majority of my bottling in Sam Adams bottles, never had one break. I have had a few New Belgium's break while bottling, so i tend not to re-use them.

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I do majority of my bottling in Sam Adams bottles, never had one break. I have had a few New Belgium's break while bottling, so i tend not to re-use them.
Thats the majority of what im using. Leftovers from a pretty good winter variety case. I have some amstel light from a friend, but they seem on the thin side. Awkward shape too
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well, I just bottled my first batch in half New Belgium and half Sam Adams. I just brewed my second Mr Beer batch, and I wanted to purchase the Grolsch bottles. However now I may consider buying a case of the standard brown bottles.

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Just went to a troegs tasting and got 2 cases of bottles. I'm good to go

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I've also had a bunch of New Belgium ones break on me. I don't use them anymore either.

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I like Sierra Nevada, Sam Adams, Boulevard Smokestack, Widmer and Southern Tier since the labels come off easiest in an oxyclean soak.

Never had a problem with New Belgium but I only have about 24 of those.

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I like Sierra Nevada, Sam Adams, Boulevard Smokestack, Widmer and Southern Tier since the labels come off easiest in an oxyclean soak.

Never had a problem with New Belgium but I only have about 24 of those.
I thought the sam adams labels sucked. I only soaked them for a couple hours because I wanted to go to bed, so maybe that's why. They also have the sam adams made into the glass.
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