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Old 07-18-2013, 07:13 PM   #1
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Default 2 liter plastic bottles

I havent read or seen anywhere about anyone using a 2 liter plastic pop bottle to use for bottling. Was wondering if it was anything to try or if there were problems with it.
Has anyone read or tried doing this? Pop is carbonated as much as beer soni would think it would work but dont want to waste 2 liters of beer testing. Lol

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Old 07-18-2013, 07:33 PM   #2
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I'm used smaller 750ml plastic soda bottles... they work great.

Once you open it, you're committed to drinking 2 liters of beer reasonably soon. For some people (or beers), that's not a problem, but's it's a consideration.

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For a fun experiment, I bottled a couple in half-liter water bottles. Put them in their own tupperware boxed in case they exploded; haha! Turns out it worked just fine.

That said... it was more just silly fun than anything...... because you really don't want the oxygenation that comes with plastic (which is why glass bottles and aluminum cans are the real choice -- if it was viable in plastic bottles, long term, don't you think breweries would save the money and do it that way?). You can also have a lot more problems with temperature control, light control, etc...

Bottom line: possible, yes... recommended, no.

P.S. -- some beers DO have plastic bottles for places like the beach and such... but typically a different quality plastic than soda or water bottles - and not clear.

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Use 2l bottles with a carbonator cap to sample what won't fit in the keg. Never had a problem charging them @ 30psi.

Light is the only real problem, not oxygen.

edit to say:
Some of the beginner kits come with brown plastic bottles.

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For a fun experiment, I bottled a couple in half-liter water bottles.
And there's your problem right there. Water bottles won't hold pressure. Soda bottle caps are able to hold carbonation pressure just fine.
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I wouldn't put an alcoholic beverage in a container that wasn't designed for it... Never know what the alcohol might leach out of the plastic.

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For a fun experiment, I bottled a couple in half-liter water bottles. Put them in their own tupperware boxed in case they exploded; haha! Turns out it worked just fine.

That said... it was more just silly fun than anything...... because you really don't want the oxygenation that comes with plastic (which is why glass bottles and aluminum cans are the real choice -- if it was viable in plastic bottles, long term, don't you think breweries would save the money and do it that way?). You can also have a lot more problems with temperature control, light control, etc...

Bottom line: possible, yes... recommended, no.

P.S. -- some beers DO have plastic bottles for places like the beach and such... but typically a different quality plastic than soda or water bottles - and not clear.

Carbonated drinks come in PET bottles and are absolutely fine for beer. The light issue is a concern but can be overcome with a little bit of dark colored cloth.
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I wouldn't put an alcoholic beverage in a container that wasn't designed for it... Never know what the alcohol might leach out of the plastic.
With all due respect, that's silly. PET bottles used for soda are perfectly safe for beer. Homebrew stores even sell them for beer.
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When I was in college (early 80's) I used them many, many times. Of course, back then, they were all emptied within weeks. They worked superbly. I still use them today. Pitcher of beer, anyone?

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I wouldn't put an alcoholic beverage in a container that wasn't designed for it... Never know what the alcohol might leach out of the plastic.
I doubt alcohol is going to leach out any chemical that coca cola wouldn't.

I use 3 litre bottles with a cool little tap I got off a Wal Mart slim line water jug.



Fits perfect on the 3 litre!! It doesn't stay carbed very long so I use it for traveling. As long as it's tilted and doesn't get shook up too much it works great.
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