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Old 01-11-2010, 05:32 PM   #1
berley31
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As long as they appear ok, are all non-screwtop bottles ok to reuse continuously for homebrewing? I've read the odd thing stating that a lot of bottles are meant for one-time-use only, and if reused for higher-carbonated beers, such as hefeweizens, may grow weaker and be more prone to explode.



 
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Old 01-11-2010, 05:35 PM   #2
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The only ones I don't reuse are some imports that have a different sized neck, and any that aren't brown glass.


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Old 01-11-2010, 05:37 PM   #3
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I bought my original bottles from the LHBS and kept using them until I started kegging a couple of years later. As long as they are high quality bottles you shouldn't have a problem.

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Old 01-11-2010, 05:37 PM   #4
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everyone reuses bottles. some will break there isn't much you can do about it. thats why you keep spares.

 
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Old 01-11-2010, 05:44 PM   #5
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as long as they aren't twist-offs, and ARE brown, I'll use and reuse em. although lately I have been choosing bottles that are not strange shapes and sizes, so they will fit in cases easier.

 
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Old 01-11-2010, 06:33 PM   #6
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The only ones I don't reuse are some imports that have a different sized neck, and any that aren't brown glass.
I worded this poorly. I don't use any that have a different sized neck, for obvious reasons. I do not use clear or green bottles, only brown.
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Old 01-11-2010, 07:05 PM   #7
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If you think about it, the process of bottling, and shipping bottles of beer from the brewery is hardest on the bottles. Once they are in the hands of a homebrewer they spend most of the time sitting around.
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Old 01-11-2010, 07:41 PM   #8
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If you think about it, the process of bottling, and shipping bottles of beer from the brewery is hardest on the bottles. Once they are in the hands of a homebrewer they spend most of the time sitting around.
This is very true. I have so many empty bottles laying around my apartment right now. I will pretty much reuse any pry-top bottle I can find.



 
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