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aa86ron 02-11-2007 05:05 PM

why brown bottles and returnables?
 
Hello all, I'm a first timer here!

Every batch I make I undoubtedly lose track of at least a few bottles, and everytime I wonder, are returnable bottles necessary?

I understand they're a heavier glass, but why does it matter?

And brown bottles has something to do with light being let in?

Enlighten me!

Thanks all

Bernie Brewer 02-11-2007 05:17 PM

You don't necessarily need reurnables, it's more that you don't want screw-top bottles. They can break when capping, and don't seal as well. As for the brown vs green bottles, I don't get that either. I've got dozens of green Grolsch bottle that I used for years before kegging, and never had any problems. But no, you don't want over-exposure to light.

Tony 02-11-2007 05:35 PM

Brown bottles help protect your beer from UV light more than any other colors, and keep it from getting light struck, which creates skunky beers.

SteveM 02-11-2007 09:21 PM

Returnables have the advantage of being cheaply obtainable if you know who to talk to. My local beer distributor will sell them to me for $1.50 a case - but they are inevitably GROSS, with mold usually growing in them, and the bottles are normally so beat up they appear to be frosted. Plus the labels can be tough to remove (but nothing like the labels on Pete's Wicked Ale - http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=21872).

On the plus side, they are as tough as nails.

I usually buy good micros and harvest the bottles from them. Considering that my LHBS will sell a case of 24 empty bottles for ten bucks, I like to think I am buying a case of quality micro for fifteen or twenty plus the cost of the bottles, which I would have spent anyway.

skyhawk 02-19-2007 08:37 AM

Hmmm. Re the colour of beer bottles. It has nothing to do with sunlight. It is simply a "LAW" from way back that said "beer bottles" shall be brown for identification purposes. I have bottled many beers in clear bottles. "corona" for one. Sunlight has no effect. [ at least not in the first 12 months!!!! ]

delboy 02-19-2007 11:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by skyhawk
Hmmm. Re the colour of beer bottles. It has nothing to do with sunlight. It is simply a "LAW" from way back that said "beer bottles" shall be brown for identification purposes. I have bottled many beers in clear bottles. "corona" for one. Sunlight has no effect. [ at least not in the first 12 months!!!! ]

Cat amongst the pigeions!

EvilTOJ 02-19-2007 04:24 PM

I think you mean "please do not feed the trolls"

Orfy 02-19-2007 04:35 PM

Returnables are preferred because they are designed to be Multi use and withstand joe public throwing them around. They are generally stronger then non returnables.

RichBrewer 02-19-2007 05:05 PM

Let a Corona sit in the sun for a few minutes then taste it. You will understand what skunky beer is.
You can use any color bottle you want. Just keep any of the non brown bottles out of direct light and you will be fine.

delboy 02-19-2007 05:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by eviltwinofjoni
I think you mean "please do not feed the trolls"

oh yeah didnt notice it was a one and only post :o


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