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Old 07-20-2005, 08:44 PM   #1
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Hey, all.

I used dos equis bottles. Stupid and a no-no. I didn't know. Now I have to cross my fingers that they sealed well. It seems they did, but we won't know until all is said and done, in about three weeks. Damn, I feel dumb and cheated.

From now on, good old American brown bottles.

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Old 07-20-2005, 09:08 PM   #2
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Old 07-20-2005, 10:21 PM   #3
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what's wrong with the Dos Equis bottles? just keep them out of light. in a closet or something. they'll be fine.

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Old 07-20-2005, 10:57 PM   #4
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was it hard to get a good seal on the lip? i think they have a narrow neck/lip for the european bottles do... if that is the case, give the bottle a quarter turn and recap, this will help to cinch the parts of the cap where the capper slipped off the lip.. give a turn with your hand too, to make sure it's not too loose... once it starts carbonating, the pressure will tighten the cap down even more.

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Old 07-21-2005, 07:43 PM   #5
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what's wrong with the Dos Equis bottles? just keep them out of light. in a closet or something. they'll be fine.
Yeah, the problem is the short distance between the lip and the edge of that part at the top of the neck that is wider. What is that thing called anyway? For some reason most cappers have trouble with these types of bottles. Can somebody explain this? I have been curious for some time.
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Old 07-21-2005, 08:21 PM   #6
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hhmmm? i used to use Dos Equis bottles (green and brown) and don't recall having any problems with them. maybe it was after i had two or six and didn't care! :~)

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Old 07-25-2005, 01:53 PM   #7
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Greetings there homebrewing clan,

About bottles, I use 22 oz dark glass, and 12 oz bavarian bottles. Bavarian comes in a green glass bottle,
and has a label which is very easy to remove.
Just fill with water and soak in the sink with the dirty dishes, in 10-15 minutes they will peel right off.
Take a little piece of a brillo pad and scrape the residue off and
'bada boom' a free 12 oz bottle!

Now, dark glass is supposed to be better as it protects the beer or ale from the sunlight. But I keep my stash in the dark brewery, with the door closed so light is not a problem.
The green glass looks cool and very german looking.
Besides it is easier to fill since one can see though the glass.
I have used dark brown glass for 12 years, they are fine but I was getting tired of looking at them, the green is pretty and provides variety.
have 12 milk crates full of 12 oz green bottles right by my bed, and the 12 oz-ers fit right in the milk crates, 25 per crate, and easier to count.

Oh, and I call a beer glass, {bierglas}


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Old 07-25-2005, 03:26 PM   #8
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I think it all depends on your capper. I have a lever type capper that actually works best on the narrow lipped bottles like Dos Equis and the European type green bottles. When I use the more traditional type bottles, my capper exerts such a crimping force on the bottle neck that I have actualy cracked a few. Your best option is to use a bench capper which completely eliminates the neck configuration as an issue.

On a side note: If you ever enter a competition, use a brown bottle, not a clear or green one. The green/clear glass story about "skunking" is so prevalent that sometimes you may get comments from the judges like "light struck" or "skunky" even if your beer is perfectly fine. All they had to do was see the green or clear bottle and their brain told their taste buds what to expect. Might be worth at least a point or two. Better to just eliminate this potential perceived bias and get as impartial a judging as possible. Use a brown bottle. Just my 2 cents.

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Old 07-27-2005, 05:24 PM   #9
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I am bottling for the first time and have cleaned a lot of St Pauli Girl bottles using Oxi Clean. The labels come right off but the bottles take on a cloudy look that does not want to come off. IS there something I am doing wrong?

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Old 07-27-2005, 06:33 PM   #10
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Actually, I try to bottle one beer from each batch in a clear bottle so I can observe it while clearing.

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