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Old 03-03-2009, 02:41 AM   #21
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I notice plastic flavors even with water or soda in PET bottles, but I think it's entirely psychological--if the same soda is poured into a glass I don't notice the taste, even though it was poured out of the plastic just moments ago. I get the same thing with aluminum cans, but even more strong an off "flavor" (and one that also vanishes instantaneously if I tranfer to another drinking glass).

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Old 03-03-2009, 02:52 AM   #22
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Then squeeze the sides to make the beer come up just to the lip and screw on the cap - this eliminates all air and gives the bottle room to handle the carbonation pressure.
I read stuff like this and then think, "why the HELL didnt I think of this?!" so simple yet very effective..that is a very cool idea!
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Old 03-03-2009, 03:13 AM   #23
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I read stuff like this and then think, "why the HELL didnt I think of this?!" so simple yet very effective..that is a very cool idea!
I don't think it would have much affect on carbonation. Once a small amount of CO2 is generated the bottle will be "unsqueezed" and you'll be right back where you started.
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Old 03-03-2009, 03:18 AM   #24
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I don't think it would have much affect on carbonation. Once a small amount of CO2 is generated the bottle will be "unsqueezed" and you'll be right back where you started.
Well, yeah, after it is already carbonated this is true- but the quote from edwort is referring specifically to the bottle conditioning phase, before it is carbed. It allows expansion room without having to leave any head space at all, so you get zero chance of any oxidation.
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2L isn't really very much anyway- only about 3-4 beers, right?
Well One liter is 33.8 fluid ounces, so two liters are 67.6 fl oz so less than half a beer shy of 6 beers
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If you've got someone to drink the soda or ready access to lots of discarded empties, a more convenient size is probably to look for the 24 ounce Pepsi 6-packs when they're frequently(around here at least) on sale. Pretty much two beers so it's not hard to use one up like a liter or more can be.

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Well, yeah, after it is already carbonated this is true- but the quote from edwort is referring specifically to the bottle conditioning phase, before it is carbed. It allows expansion room without having to leave any head space at all, so you get zero chance of any oxidation.
Exactly! And it works very very well. He uses plain old white cane sugar to carb and his beer rocks! He's won several contests with his stuff. I will find out how much sugar he uses for the smaller bottles. Here's his two beer fridges.



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Here's his two beer fridges.



Very impressive! Beer utopia!
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Wow... he must have a raging club soda habit to have enough bottles!

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Wow... he must have a raging club soda habit to have enough bottles!
Or maybe he just likes his baths fizzy.
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