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Old 01-03-2013, 12:32 AM   #1
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Is there any issue with me bottling in a 2 liter soda bottle? I'm pretty new to this Brewing thing and I don't have any bottles. My wife refuses to let me buy bottles.

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Old 01-03-2013, 12:36 AM   #2
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It would work in a pinch but is not the most ideal. Why not start drinking (non twist-off) bottled beer and keeping the bottles to reuse? You could also look on craigslist to see if anyone has any bottles they are giving away.

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Old 01-03-2013, 12:37 AM   #3
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Is there any issue with me bottling in a 2 liter soda bottle? I'm pretty new to this Brewing thing and I don't have any bottles. My wife refuses to let me buy bottles.
Plastic screw off bottles have long been sold with certain kits (Mr Beer comes to mind), and they are essentially the same as any other soda bottle, except soda bottles are generally clear or green, and most plastic beer bottles are brown.
Light will be an issue with clear or green (hop oils skunk under the light), so you might want to age/condition the bottles in a dark place to keep out the UV. Of course, large bottles will also allow the beer to go flat quicker if you don't consume it all at once after opening.

Many LHBS will also sell the plastic caps with new tamper evident seals, which may not be a big deal to you, but the inner seal will be new as well, and may help to keep the CO2 in. Of course, reusing plastic caps in a pinch is fine as well- most of the time they're good for several uses.

ETA: Plastic soda bottles will also typically hold more pressure than glass beer bottles too without breaking... so you can ramp up your priming sugar if you happen to have a style that benefits from the extra fizz, but don't go too nuts :P
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Old 01-03-2013, 01:21 AM   #4
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Thanks!

I think I will start my collecting now then. My first batch of Mr. Beer will be ready for bottling in two weeks (one week old now). I have a dark cabinet above the fridge for storing and conditioning. It should work until I have enough bottles.

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Old 01-03-2013, 02:49 AM   #5
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Your wife will let you brew but draws the limits at buying bottles....?

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I would be careful with the temperature above the fridge it may be a bit warm

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Your wife will let you brew but draws the limits at buying bottles....?
She's right (always). In my case, SWMBO insists that it is completely absurd to clean craft bottles for reuse, essentially forcing me to buy homebrew bottles (which I am then allowed to clean and reuse). I think it has something to do with the labels. Idk. But again, she's right.

(I just save the bottles and clean them when she's not around).
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She's right (always). In my case, SWMBO insists that it is completely absurd to clean craft bottles for reuse, essentially forcing me to buy homebrew bottles (which I am then allowed to clean and reuse). I think it has something to do with the labels. Idk. But again, she's right.

(I just save the bottles and clean them when she's not around).
HA! SWMBO tells me that I need to bum used bottles from friends, as there is no way she's allowing me to buy more. Fortunately, I have friends who buy and drink enough beer! I also make sure never to give them enough beer in return for the bottles that they don't need to buy NEW beer
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I use sparkling spring water bottles all the time when bottling. At least 2-3 get used with each 5 gallon batch as well as 2-3 One liter bottles.

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The soda ones are tough to get the soda smell out of.

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