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Old 01-02-2009, 05:06 AM   #1
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I have been receiving random bottles from friends all over town and sometimes i get clear bottles and sometimes i get green or brown bottles. I was wondering if it really mattered what color bottles i used. I use to think that a dark beer would go in a darker bottle and vice versa with lighter beers going into clear bottles, but i was not sure if that was more for marketing or tasting. New Castle is a fairly dark beer in a clear bottle.. I just wanted to make sure before i go throwing a wheat beer into a old corona bottle!

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Old 01-02-2009, 05:10 AM   #2
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As long as your beer is not exposed to light for prolonged periods, it should be fine, keep the bottles in a cardboard box, or covered in a dark room.

Here, enjoy the following video:

http://www.basicbrewing.com/index.ph...-skunking-beer

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Old 01-02-2009, 05:31 AM   #3
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When using non-brown bottles you must be more careful to prevent UV rays from getting in the bottles. But, trowing a blanket over them or using a box (like mentioned before) during conditioning is minimal effort if clear and green bottles are most plentiful ...enjoy!

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Great thanks for the advice guy's and the video link.

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Down under they have started to sell beer in clear bottles in fridges with lighting... they end up getting skunked....
Suggest brown where possible

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Has anybody ever tried spray painting green or clear bottles black?

Would that just be too much trouble?

I have heard of people using that plastic safe spray paint to paint 2 liter PET soda bottles.

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Has anybody ever tried spray painting green or clear bottles black?

Would that just be too much trouble?

I have heard of people using that plastic safe spray paint to paint 2 liter PET soda bottles.
IMO it would be hard to get the paint to stick to the glass. For me it would be too time consuming/PITA.
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A very lightly hopped beer (corona type) will be less prone to getting "skunked" in a clear bottle than a super hoppy IPA. Brown is best though since as previously mentioned it blocked a lot of the UV light from getting to the hops in the beer.

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I would think that painting free glass bottles would be a PITA. I only use brown glass, but like you, I've had friends collecting bottles for me. My wife got me 2 cases of cobalt blue 500ml flip top bottles for Christmas, so I guess I'm using blue now as well. I keep my beer in the basement, away from the window, so it shouldn't matter much anyway.

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Down under they have started to sell beer in clear bottles in fridges with lighting... they end up getting skunked....
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I never understood that facination with clear bottles - most importantly, it's way too easy to skunk the beer. Secondary to that, from a marketing perspective they're a nightmare. If they sit on a shelf for any period of time you can see all the dust/dirt that accumulated on the bottle very clearly. Additionally, if you use painted bottles (think Corona) every scratch and scuff mark clearly shows. From a commerical standpoint, it just seems like a nightmare.

I've often found that bottles of Stella Artois and Henieken taste skunked to me and I've attributed it to the green bottles. Yet, I see so many people drinking these that I'm starting to think they're supposed to taste this way. When I was in Belgium a few years back visiting breweries, I thought I might try a bottle of either (or both) and see if there was a difference in taste, but honestly I was having way too much fun trying unique and well-crafted beers at places like Cantillon, DDB, Huyghe, Brasserie d Vapeur, Dupont, and Rodenbach amongst others. I think I found plenty of good reasons to avoid Heiniken or any of the InBev products.

(And at the risk of wandering off topic: Yes, as you can imagine, it was an awesome trip. Four of us who used to work together and loved beer went - we left the women at home, and spent 10 days based out of a hotel in Brussels. The trip was centered around being at Cantillon on their open-brew day. We spent the entire day there, from the time they started early in the morning, until the evening when they were pumping the wort in to the open-air copper cooling tray in the attic. Each morning we'd wake up, have a big breakfast, then head out to a WWI or WWII museum, battlefield, something... then after lunch we'd decide we had our culture for the day and hit the brewery(ies) in the town we had driven to. And yes, while a trip to Europe with the girlfriend would have been fun in its own right, I know that by day 3 I'd be hearing, "We're going to ANOTHER brewery?" )
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