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Old 04-21-2012, 01:39 PM   #1
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Hello,

I have a large quantity of cider that needs to be bottled but I don't have access to bottles just now.

I would prefer to bottle asap as im going to be busy. I was wondering if I could buy some cheap 2 litre cola and empty the cola out, sterilise then bottle.

Just wondering if its possible to prime using these bottles or are they to weak?

 
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Old 04-21-2012, 01:55 PM   #2
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i use them for beer so i dont see why not!!!

 
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Old 04-21-2012, 01:57 PM   #3
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i use them for beer so i dont see why not!!!
Do you carb them using sugar? Thats what I plan to do and i know my glass bottles can been rather fizzy.

I could maybe use half the sugar so its safe and has a little carb.

 
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Old 04-21-2012, 02:00 PM   #4
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i carbonate with corn sugar

 
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Old 04-21-2012, 02:05 PM   #5
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i carbonate with corn sugar
So have you had any failures? Im rather scared of 2 litres of cider exploding everywhere.

 
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Old 04-21-2012, 02:12 PM   #6
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I put 3 sugar cubes (like they use for coffee) into each 2l bottle as priming sugar. They carb up just right.

 
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Old 04-21-2012, 03:33 PM   #7
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i use them for beer so i dont see why not!!!
I've never used them, but I agree. I don't see any issues except maybe the caps might need to be replaced after they've been used a few times.

 
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Old 04-22-2012, 03:23 AM   #8
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You will need to check them periodically and crack the lids open slightly to let the pressure out or they'll blow.

 
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:27 AM   #9
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How busy are you going to be? Only reason why I ask is because a plastic bottle will hold a lot of pressure and expand as it builds up. It will be noticeable if you notice them. Or store them cold once you get carb level you like and slow fermentation down.

 
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Old 04-23-2012, 07:49 AM   #10
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Plastic soda bottles can take more pressure than a champagne bottle, you will be fine as long as you add the right amount of sugar.

 
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