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Old 01-25-2009, 10:19 PM   #1
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My lhbs insists that green bottles should not be used, more specifically heinekin bottles. I have like 300 brown so it is not a HUGE deal but throwing out 70± bottles if I don't have too seems silly, thoughts?

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Old 01-25-2009, 10:21 PM   #2
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just keep them out of direct light and they will be fine.
i prefer clear bottles so i can see when the yeast sediment gets to the neck so i stop pouring.

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They are stored in my basement where they get SOME light from the glass block windows, is this a problem? I cannot store them in complete darkness I just don't have room!

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Old 01-26-2009, 01:42 AM   #4
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I'm planning on using my green and clear bottles for Apfelwein.

Just a thought.

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Apfelwein or mead

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Old 01-26-2009, 02:32 AM   #6
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I'm planning on using my green and clear bottles for Apfelwein.
+1 This is what I do with mine as well.
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They are stored in my basement where they get SOME light from the glass block windows, is this a problem? I cannot store them in complete darkness I just don't have room!
Use them to store anything that doesn't contain hops, or just throw a blanket/old t-shirt over them to keep the light out.
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I bottled my beer in clear glass one time and spray painted them black. I had no problems with it, but I think i did 10 bottles and used a whole can of spray paint.

But i agree just bottle hops free items in them and you should be fine.

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i like that idea of spraying them. Perhaps chalkboard paint them, then you could just write what it is on the bottle!

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Heinken bottles shouldn't be used because the lip on them is a different shape than a regular amber colored beer bottle and you'll have to monkey around with your capper to get the bottle caps to go on and seal. You can make it seal if you put a nickle or a washer on top of the bottle cap so that the capper will "fit" and seal down on the bottle, but its more trouble than its worth really. Heinken bottles are just a pain in the ass, throw them away.

Oh by the way, other green bottles like Stella Artois, Becks, or Chezchvar work just fine - subject to the green glass lets in UV light problem.

But Heinken bottles are a bitch to get to seal. Not worth the trouble.

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