Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Bottling/Kegging > How long do bottles last?
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 02-26-2007, 05:28 PM   #1
cwb124
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 43
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default How long do bottles last?

I snagged a case of Grolsch bottles off Craigslist this weekend and was washing them up to be used...and one had a label on it from a homebrew from 1992, so the bottle is either 15 years old or a little older.

Can these types of bottles be used indefinately? Do they weaken and eventually explode under pressure?


cwb124 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2007, 05:53 PM   #2
olllllo
[]-O-[]
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
olllllo's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Posts: 13,512
Liked 138 Times on 112 Posts
Likes Given: 13

Default

I wouldn't worry about it.


__________________
Rabbit And Coyote Schwag
Rob - Phoenix Ambassador to Milwaukee
Where did your avatar go?
Ginger Beer for Moscow Mules Bacon Vodka
Twitter
olllllo is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2007, 05:55 PM   #3
aekdbbop
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
aekdbbop's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Nashville, TN
Posts: 2,772
Liked 8 Times on 7 Posts

Default

how long do bottles last?

millions of years until they eventually melt...
aekdbbop is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2007, 06:35 PM   #4
Orfy
For the love of beer!
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Orfy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Cheshire, England
Posts: 11,852
Liked 88 Times on 59 Posts
Likes Given: 30

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by aekdbbop
how long do bottles last?

millions of years until they eventually melt...
You just earned a EAC smartass badge.


As for the explosion question.

Only if you damage them or fail to use an hydrometer.
__________________
GET THE GOBLIN
Have a beer on me.
Orfy is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2007, 06:47 PM   #5
david_42
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
david_42's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Willamina & Oak Grove, Oregon, USA
Posts: 25,674
Liked 142 Times on 134 Posts

Default

The rubbers go bad and the ceramic tops get chipped, but a glass bottle will outlast Joan Rivers.
__________________
Remember one unassailable statistic, as explained by the late, great George Carlin: "Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!"

"I would like to die on Mars, just not on impact." Elon Musk
david_42 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2007, 07:11 PM   #6
zoebisch01
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
zoebisch01's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Central PA
Posts: 5,198
Liked 9 Times on 9 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by david_42
The rubbers go bad and the ceramic tops get chipped, but a glass bottle will outlast Joan Rivers.

You just gave me a scary-bad visual for my bottled brews
__________________
Event Horizon ~ A tribute to the miracle of fermentation.

Brew what you like. Do this, and you will find your inner brewer.
zoebisch01 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2007, 07:36 PM   #7
sirsloop
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: South River, NJ
Posts: 2,592
Liked 17 Times on 15 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

the metal tops can stretch out a little to over time... they have both replacement gaskets and replacement caps. If you are going to use grolsch or fischer flip tops I strongly suggest buying a 100 pack of gaskets. Change out all gaskets when you get the bottles, and then replace every ~4 uses. The second reason for changing the gaskets (other than the obvious unknown wear), is the unknown gunk that very well may be living in there from X years of use. Get the gaskets off, clean, replace gaskets and you are ready to rock.


__________________
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~___//_ ____________________________~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~_/ [][]| | /```\/```\/```\/```\/```\ |~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~_/_______| |____NOW TRIPLE HOPPED______|~~~~~~~~~~
~~~___/[_]| 00 /| | \,,,/\,,,/\,,,/\,,,/\,,,/ |~~~~~~~~~~
~~|___|___|___/_| |___________________________|~~~~~~~~~~
~~|=(*)[________]==(*)(*)=| \________/=(*)(*)=|~~~~~~~~~~
sirsloop is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Too long in bottles...... djt1111 All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 40 12-10-2013 04:43 PM
How long in bottles? Onedon Bottling/Kegging 2 02-27-2011 03:18 AM
How long does carbination go on for in bottles? dmako Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 04-14-2008 10:52 PM
How long do bottles keep? jota Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11 02-20-2008 01:41 AM
How long do you dry your bottles? jries Equipment/Sanitation 4 11-23-2007 06:40 PM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS