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Old 02-16-2010, 11:27 PM   #1
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I was at walmart the other day when I ran across some 1L light blue PET water bottles for around $1.50-$2.

They have a "squeeze" type valve on the cap.

I was wondering if it would be ok to use these for starters. The material is the same as a better bottle. I also figure that cap would be nice to pop open to relieve CO2/oxygenate.

What do ya'll think? Yay or nay?
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Old 02-16-2010, 11:50 PM   #2
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You can make a starter in anything sanitary and food safe.

To stick it on a stir plate, you would need a flat, thin bottom though.

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Old 02-17-2010, 08:41 AM   #3
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yeah, plastic tonic water bottles work great, and cheap too!

I'm Smelling a lot of IF coming offa this plan

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Old 02-17-2010, 10:03 AM   #4
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1L is also a bit undersized for most starters. Generally for most modest sized beers you will be making a starter somewhere in the 1 to 1.5L range and you need a bit of head space in there. Another alternative is 1/2 gallon growlers or wine jugs.
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Old 02-17-2010, 01:08 PM   #5
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I use an old 1gal pickle jar with sanitized foil over the top.
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Old 02-17-2010, 01:17 PM   #6
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ya want cheap? why not use something that you ALREADY bought?
spaghetti, pickles (with a lot of cleaning), heck a GROWLER!!!! find a flat one.
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Old 02-17-2010, 02:14 PM   #7
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Plastic milk jugs are HDPE so you wouldn't even have to worry about the starter wort being too hot like you would with a PET bottle.

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Old 02-17-2010, 04:01 PM   #8
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My toddler goes through a gallon of apple juice every two weeks. I just clean and sanitize the latest empty, and I recycle after I'm done.
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