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Old 05-13-2010, 02:26 AM   #1
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What's wrong with using clean, sterile plastic bottles if I keep them in a dark place? They hold the pressure and in free abundance.


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Old 05-13-2010, 02:41 AM   #2
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Technically nothing is wrong with it. Personally I like using glass or kegs but each brewer to his own thing.


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Old 05-13-2010, 03:58 AM   #3
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nothing wrong at all.
i use a few at bottling time. never know when i might wanna take a homebrew but glass if off limits
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Old 05-13-2010, 12:46 PM   #4
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I think the problem with using, for example, old soda bottles, is that 1) it is hard to get that soda taste out and 2) it can be hard to get the cap to seal after the first use.

That ring that gets torn off the cap when you first open the bottle is supposed to really pull the cap down tight, and I've been told that underside of the cap isn't really meant to be a 'reusable' seal.

Of course, if you can get them to seal, you're set. Since they do make dark PET plastic bottles, they also make new caps, complete with that ring. So if you wanted to, you could just buy new caps for your bottles (or buy the dark bottles too so you don't have to worry about light).
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I use them all the time, I also reuse the caps, never had one that didn't keep a seal.
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Old 05-13-2010, 01:32 PM   #6
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I wonder if there would be an issue with O2 osmosis causing oxidation over time. For short term, I think a few people use them regularly with success.
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I use them all the time, I also reuse the caps, never had one that didn't keep a seal.
Do you do anything special for cleaning? Anything special when you cap (or do you just crank 'em down real tight?)
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The only potential problem with using plastic bottles is the danger of oxidation over time. Plastic is permeable and so oxygen can seep into the bottles through the plastic, however I would say that this is only an issue if you plan on keeping a brew a long time (i.e. if you were doing a barley wine or something else that you wanted to keep bottles of for 6 or 12 months).
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Do you do anything special for cleaning? Anything special when you cap (or do you just crank 'em down real tight?)
Soak in OxyClean, then StarSan at bottling time. I use a rubber "jar opener" to insure the caps are tight. I seldom leave beer in plastic more than a few months. I usually fill 2 2-liter bottles per batch for parties & such. This is also a good way to monitor carbonation.
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Old 05-13-2010, 02:11 PM   #10
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I've never used the bottles but have read in multiple sources that they are perfectly suitable with three caveats: 1) don't use them for something you want to have a long shelf life in the bottle and 2) you'll need to replace them more often than glass, that is, don't plan on using them many times.


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