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Old 02-09-2010, 09:09 PM   #1
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Hey guys,

Just looking for some advice on bottling. I will be using 2L and 0.5L plastic pop bottles and wanted to know how much space should I leave at the top of the bottle to ensure good carbonation?

Thanks a lot
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Old 02-09-2010, 09:12 PM   #2
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None. When I used to use plastic I'd squeeze the bottle while putting the cap on so the beer was right up to the rim. The bottle expands as the beer carbonates, so you can even tell by the firmness of the bottle when the beer is carbed.
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Old 02-09-2010, 09:15 PM   #3
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Interesting, thanks!

Is there any time difference when carbonating in glass vs. plastic or is it generally the same length of time?
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I just fill to the top of the bottle (I use a wand) then the volume the wand takes up creates a headspace. No difference in time between plastic and glass, in my experience.
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Not trying to derail but since the subject of plastic is up... what about using clear 5gal plastic water bottles for fermenting. I have half a dozen of them sitting around.

Haven't brewed a thing yet but doing some investigating... fun site!
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Not trying to derail but since the subject of plastic is up... what about using clear 5gal plastic water bottles for fermenting. I have half a dozen of them sitting around.

Haven't brewed a thing yet but doing some investigating... fun site!
Search for this and you'll see people generally say it's not a good idea.
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Search for this and you'll see people generally say it's not a good idea.
Actually if he searches he will find that it is actaully oK to use them as long as the reclycing code is <2>. HE can start by looking at the similar threads box below, or doing a search, there's probably 1,000 threads about it on here.
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Lefe, if you are using a bottling wand, then you are supposed to fill the bottle til it starts to overflow, then when you remove the wand, the proper amount of headspace (about 1 1/4") will be left behind.

There's some good tips for bottlers, here http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/bott...ebrewer-94812/
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Great, thanks for the replies guys. Will be bottling tomorrow with some added knowledge and confidence now.

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Actually if he searches he will find that it is actaully oK to use them as long as the reclycing code is <2>.
Sorry... should have started with a search. Looks like the ones I have are recycling cod <7>. I'll get some glass.
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