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Old 12-28-2006, 04:06 AM   #1
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Does a person have to use brown bottles? Can you use the clear Corona bottles since the are not a twist top?
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Old 12-28-2006, 04:07 AM   #2
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Generally speaking, brown bottles are considered the "best". Sunlight will skunk beer and hence Corona usually tastes the way it does. If you use clear or green bottles then be very sure that they are not exposed to sunlight unless you like skunky beer.


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Old 12-28-2006, 04:08 AM   #3
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I see no reason why not, just as long as you keep them away from the light Which is why most bottles are brown as it stops the beer skunking
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Old 12-28-2006, 02:01 PM   #4
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I think green or clear bottles would be fine as long as they are kept in the dark. I make sure to keep mine in cardboard 12 pack boxes in the basement.
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Old 12-28-2006, 05:05 PM   #5
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I've heard of some folks who bottle one or two from every batch in clear bottles so they can see how the beer looks as it progresses. Sounds like a great idea to me.
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I have a different technique to see how the beer looks. I pour it into a glass and drink it.
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Just to make sure the info is out there in this thread, blue bottles are no better than green or clear in blocking UV light and preventing skunking. I've seen some nice-looking cobalt swingtops, but you've got to treat them like they were clear.
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Just to make sure the info is out there in this thread, blue bottles are no better than green or clear in blocking UV light and preventing skunking. I've seen some nice-looking cobalt swingtops, but you've got to treat them like they were clear.
Good to know, thanks. I would have expected them to be better than green.
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Quote:
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I have a different technique to see how the beer looks. I pour it into a glass and drink it.
Pour it in a glass and drink it?!?! BRILLIANT!!

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Old 12-28-2006, 08:40 PM   #10
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I have just made my first brew and am due to bottle it up tomorrow. I'm glad I looked at this thread now as I had never heard this before.

I have a couple of questions, if somebody could help me out:

I have a load of old Newcastle Brown Ale bottles I'm gonna sterilise and use for the bottling, which are all clear. From what I have read above, I now realise that these will have to be stored in the dark - is this correct? )My brew is a bitter, just to make sure we're talking about the same thing.)

Do I have to avoid exposure to any kind of light? How long will light take to have effect on my beer if they are in a lighted room?

Cheers for any advice


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