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Old 05-08-2009, 01:54 PM   #1
Apr 2009
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What kind of bottles are good for bottling?
And are any of these bottles any good?
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Old 05-08-2009, 02:05 PM   #2
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I usually use either amber or brown bottles that I get at the local recycling center. I soak them overnight in oxyclean, use the brush, rinse well and bottle the beer.

I have never tried the amber PET bottles. I would not go with any of the clear ones, they will allow the wavelengths of light to get in and skunk your beer. I think these are rated to take the pressure of the CO2 but I have no experience with it.
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Old 05-08-2009, 02:09 PM   #3
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I grab a lot of bottles from friends and family as well as my own leftovers. As long as they are not screw off, you will be good to go.

I bought a case of 22oz bottles from my LHBS and have loved those ever since. Less time bottling, perfect amount of homebrew on a worknight, etc. Small investment that goes a long long way.
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Old 05-08-2009, 02:13 PM   #4
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Yeah, anything non-twist off works well. You could have a microbrew party, tell your friends to bring aomse 6 packs or cases of microbrew, drink like a fish, then keep all the bottles. I've done that and have plenty of bottles now.
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Old 05-08-2009, 02:16 PM   #5
Mar 2009
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I use 12 and 22 oz bottles. I don't collect from friends, buy them, or get them at a recycling place. I think half the fun of collecting bottles is drinking the beer that comes out of them 1st. I use mostly anchor steam, sierra nevada, standard longnecks, and have a case worth of 22's and also have some special belgium bottles. I ussually soak them in soap HOT water for 30 minutes then take the labels off. Any residual glue, I use steel wool to get off. Then I shake soapy water inside of them and rinse. I only use a brush if they're heavely soiled. Then they're ready for sanatization.

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Old 05-08-2009, 02:22 PM   #6
Mar 2009
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What about those glass bottles with with the twist of metal lids that have ice tea in or snapple?

I've been using clear PET bottles. I put them in a cardboard box and hide them away for 3 weeks.

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Old 05-08-2009, 03:57 PM   #7
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How bout beer bottles? Are they really that hard to find?

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Old 05-08-2009, 04:11 PM   #8
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I'm with hopphead. I use the ones I drank. Now I have a fairly decent supply built up that I can use from batch to batch.

Here's the wiki of bottles with pry tops you can use.

Pry off bottles - Home Brewing Wiki

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Old 05-08-2009, 04:11 PM   #9
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Not clear. If you use clear, keep them out of the light until the instant you drink...
Light will skunk the hops.
The Iced Tea glass (like snapple) I don't think are rated for pressure...(and they're clear!)

+1 on pry-off BEER bottles! save 'em, buy 'em - whatever!

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Old 05-08-2009, 05:35 PM   #10
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Why would you want to use the plastic ones again?
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