Last night I bottled my first batch of beer. I had just enough bottles to do it. I am not permitted to have glass bottles shipped to me but a case worth of brown glass bottles made it to me through the mail anyway, but the rest were rejected so I won't be doing that again. I made up the difference with Beck's non-alcoholic beer bottles. They seem to be working fine. But why the hell would I continue to buy non-alcoholic beer when I have my own homebrew now? Another concern I have about the Beck's bottles is they are rather thin and while they should do fine for the next couple batches I have planned, I eventually want to try experimenting with carbonation levels and I don't know how much pressure they can take.
I was contemplating using plastic soda bottles since I drink quite a bit of that and have the bottles to spare. If I were the only one drinking them that would be fine. But word has gotten out amongst the diplomatic community here about me being a brewer and many of them, including the Ambassador, want to try my beer. More brewing means more experience so I am all for that. But the idea of giving beer bottled in Pepsi Max bottles to folks like that just doesn't quite sit right with me.
So I can't order glass bottles. I don't like the quality of the glass bottles I can get here. And I want the bottles to look nice enough to take to functions attended by some pretty high level people.
So I am thinking about these from AHS:
The stats are here
They don't look too shabby. They are pricey but I don't mind paying the money if they are good and will last. Which brings me to some questions about them.
1. The bottoms look like a pain to clean. But if I just do a lengthy soak in PBW solution will that be good enough to clean them and prevent any transfer of flavors?
2. How many volumes of CO2 can these things hold? I don't need a specific number but are they strong enough to hold the more highly carbonated styles of beer?
3. How long will they last me? I'd rather not have to change them out every year. I figure I will have to change the caps every now and then, which is fine.
I also like them because I move from country to country and they will be able to go with me without any danger of breaking.
Thanks for any info you can provide.