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Old 02-14-2013, 06:44 PM   #1
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Default I just thought of something clever...

You are gonna love this!
I am sure we all worry sometimes about beer not carbonating in the bottle, especially the ones with higher alcohol content. So, I figured why not just bottle one or two of my brews in plastic bottles, ones that would hold carbonation of course. Then, a couple/few weeks into carbonating, just give the bottle a squeeze, you should be able to tell if the beer is flat or carbonated. I hate wasting a bottle of beer by opening it, hoping for some carbonation, just to find it still flat.
Don't know if anyone else has had this idea, but I just about smurfed in my pants when I thought of it.
Cheers!

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Old 02-14-2013, 06:49 PM   #2
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The Mr. Beer bottles are PET and they do get quite firm when carbed.

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Old 02-14-2013, 06:53 PM   #3
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Nice idea, but plenty of people do this already!

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Old 02-14-2013, 08:55 PM   #4
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It's definitely been done. You get a vague idea of where you're at with carbonation, but it's far from an exact science. If it works for you, rock it out!

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It does work well and is SOP. I use mostly amber 16s. FWIW I reuse the caps with very good results.

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Old 02-14-2013, 09:00 PM   #6
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Use soda bottles or other bottles made for pressure. Don't use water bottle. This is the popular wisdom anyway.

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You are gonna love this!
I am sure we all worry sometimes about beer not carbonating in the bottle, especially the ones with higher alcohol content. So, I figured why not just bottle one or two of my brews in plastic bottles, ones that would hold carbonation of course. Then, a couple/few weeks into carbonating, just give the bottle a squeeze, you should be able to tell if the beer is flat or carbonated. I hate wasting a bottle of beer by opening it, hoping for some carbonation, just to find it still flat.
Don't know if anyone else has had this idea, but I just about smurfed in my pants when I thought of it.
Cheers!
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:03 PM   #7
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see: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/pres...le-cap-268151/

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