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Old 11-17-2011, 10:58 PM   #1
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How many volumes of CO2 will Grolsch bottles hold? I have some Chimay Red clone that I'd like to bottle.

Would they hold up to Supplication/corked pressures?

 
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Old 11-18-2011, 12:34 AM   #2
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With new seals to prevent losing pressure they should hold up better than standard bottles.

 
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Old 11-18-2011, 03:26 AM   #3
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You'll be fine to bottle up to 3 vol with grolsch bottles.
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Old 11-18-2011, 03:43 AM   #4
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this is speaking from actual experience -

a lot .

I misread instructions on one of my first kits, and primed with 1.5 times the required sugar.

no broken bottles.

belgians shouldn't present you with any issues.
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Old 11-18-2011, 04:38 AM   #5
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Quote:
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this is speaking from actual experience -

a lot .

I misread instructions on one of my first kits, and primed with 1.5 times the required sugar.

no broken bottles.

belgians shouldn't present you with any issues.
What's the upper limit for Grolsch bottles? Would you carb to 4.5 volumes in them?

 
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Old 11-18-2011, 09:09 AM   #6
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Great responses. Thanks everyone.

I'd still love to know their upper limit. It seems like a swing top might vent it the pressure became too high.

 
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Old 11-18-2011, 12:42 PM   #7
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I only use 16oz swing tops for bottling and I have never had an issue, even with highly carbonated brews. They won't vent unless the rubber seal is worn or broken.

 
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Old 11-18-2011, 01:25 PM   #8
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I don't know if there is an actual published limit. I do know they are almost as many grams of glass as mL of beer. So with that said they're fairly strong. The only other bottles that meet or exceed that ratio are champagne and other specialty belgian bottles. You have to remember that most import bottles are stronger than domestic bottles because of the long ship ride they make. The containers are all treated the same so they spend more on bottles to not lose product.

What carb level are you looking for bottling in these? I would assume they can take 5 volumes safely. Beyond that you're bottling champange and I bet something would give at that kind of PSI in the bottle. I do not believe there is a formally agreed upon upper limit for these bottles. Just live comfortably they'll take up to 5 most likely. I would still play it safe and put the bottles somewhere easy to clean up and or protective when dealing with those pressures. If you're just looking to do between 3 and 4 vol for something like a high carbed saison, you're fine, I do that all the time.
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Old 11-18-2011, 04:00 PM   #9
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Yeah, a Saison is about my upper limit of carbonation.

One other question on bottling something at that level - when bottling highly carbonated beverages it seems like using a keg to bottle method might be cumbersome. I'm thinking bottle conditioning or I won't have any fluid in the bottle.

 
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Bottle condition it, that's how they are traditionally bottled anyhow. Well ever since they started using bottles.
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