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Old 11-15-2005, 04:12 PM   #1
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OK, I know that Brown is best for preserving a brew. Green and clear suck. However, what about blue? I have a case of the cool 16oz cobalt blue fliptops, and the wife wants to buy another two cases. How do they compare in the color spectrum. My guess would be better than green/clear but less than brown. Any input?

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Old 11-15-2005, 04:17 PM   #2
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I don't know the answer to the question, but I'd go with the blue bottles if you like them. They are pretty cool. I have a mixture of brown/green/clear and while I bottle 90% in brown, I don't worry too much about the other bottles as my beer, once bottled, is either in a dark closet or the fridge until I pour it. I haven't noticed any problems or differences in flavor. I would definitely lean towards the brownies for long-term aging or taking my show on the road, i.e., camping, etc., as I've read they can get skunked by light surprisingly quickly.


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Old 11-15-2005, 04:40 PM   #3
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Blue is no better or worst than clear or green (per the brewing guys at OSU). Just store them in the dark.
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Old 11-15-2005, 05:47 PM   #4
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I'll see if I can find the link, but I recently read something that said blue was the absolute worst color for beer. It actually attracts UV light (moreso than the other colors), and is worse than clear or green. Go figure, the coolest color is the worst.
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I'll see if I can find the link, but I recently read something that said blue was the absolute worst color for beer. It actually attracts UV light (moreso than the other colors), and is worse than clear or green. Go figure, the coolest color is the worst.
That's what the owner of our LHBS told us, too. Can't remember exactly why, but it has something to do with the blue part of the spectrum being the most harmful to hops....or something.
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Well crap. I think I will get them anyway, because everyone seems to love them. Just have to keep them out of the light as best I can.

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Boxes with lids are a good thing. As are cabinets in basements. : )
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alot of mead makers use blue bottles.
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i don't think Mead suffers the same problems that beer does when it is exposed to light. I might be wrong there, but I thought it was a photochemical reaction with the hops and/or grains that makes beer want to live in amber bottles.

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I agree with other people here - whatever you brew (wine, mead, beer) store it in darkness no matter what glass you bottled it in. Exposing it to light will deteriorate it until it's drunk.


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