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Old 07-30-2009, 04:18 AM   #1
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I am a beginner and this is my second extract brew. I used all plastic bottles the first brew. This brew I used about half plastic bottles and half 12oz brown glass bottles and a capper.
I believed the conventional wisdom that theres not much of a difference between beer in glass bottles and beer in PET bottles.
But thats not my opinion now at all. The beer in the glass bottles had a much better head, the beer itself had more complex flavors, more body.
The beer in the PET bottles tasted much thinner, had a weaker head, and generally was inferior in every way to the beer in the glass bottles.
Both glass and PET bottles had beer in them previously and were sanitised using Star San.

I'm going all glass after this the difference in quality is huge.



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Old 07-30-2009, 04:50 AM   #2
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I am a beginner and this is my second extract brew. I used all plastic bottles the first brew. This brew I used about half plastic bottles and half 12oz brown glass bottles and a capper.
I believed the conventional wisdom that theres not much of a difference between beer in glass bottles and beer in PET bottles.
But thats not my opinion now at all. The beer in the glass bottles had a much better head, the beer itself had more complex flavors, more body.
The beer in the PET bottles tasted much thinner, had a weaker head, and generally was inferior in every way to the beer in the glass bottles.
Both glass and PET bottles had beer in them previously and were sanitised using Star San.

I'm going all glass after this the difference in quality is huge.
Interesting. Slightly OT but I read years ago that Coke had dismissed the claim that their liquid tasted any differently whether in a can or a bottle or a cup (PET was not reviewed at this time since it was not widely used). I think they said it was psychological or something. I know most folks swear by the bottles though, hence them recently re-appearing in the market.

Having not tried it I'd be convinced there would be some sort of difference though. If Coke tastes better in a bottle why not beer?

Did you condition them in a dark place BTW?


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Old 07-30-2009, 05:09 AM   #3
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Beers taste better in a glass. Don't drink out of the bottle.

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Old 07-30-2009, 04:10 PM   #4
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I've also noticed that when a batch is split between glass and bottles, all other things being equal, that the carbonation is always a little flatter in the PET bottles.

Now I try to use mostly glass bottles, but always bottle one or two in a PET so I can squeeze it to see how the carbonation is moving along!

Plus it's much more satisfying to open a standard glass bottle than a twist off PET.

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Old 07-30-2009, 11:41 PM   #5
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0T, but the coke in glass bottles tastes better because its made with real sugar instead of corn syrup.

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+1 to hbomb! Tried this a few weeks ago and I was amazed at the difference!

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0T, but the coke in glass bottles tastes better because its made with real sugar instead of corn syrup.
Unless it's changed in the last year or so it is in Mexico but it's still HFCS here in the States. Coke USA sued Coke SA because their product was selling in US border towns for almost 50% more and they couldn't keep em in stock. Apparently it was a violation of their agreement.

Typical conglomerate...force the consumers to drink what the stockholders want not what the consumer wants.
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Unless it's changed in the last year or so it is in Mexico but it's still HFCS here in the States.
I think this is true, BUT during passover you can get Coke with real sugar (in 2l bottles). Look for the bottles with the yellow cap.
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I have heard, but i haven't look yet, that you can find coke made with sugar in the ethnic department at the grocery store.

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Maybe were just lucky, but here in Austin a Mexican Coke is pretty easy to come by. We also have Dublin Dr Pepper (from the original plant in Dublin, TX) which is the same deal.



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