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Old 01-04-2013, 03:32 PM   #21
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Every batch I bottle I fill at least one "standard" soda bottle (clear bottles are fun as you can also watch the beer clear). I recommend you fill with the normal air space but squeeze the air out as you screw the cap on. I have used 1 liter bottles but prefer 1/2 liter.

2 benefits...
1) no oxygen in the bottle (probably no that big of a deal) and
2) when the bottle is "hard" the beer's ready to drink (well, carbonated anyhow).

I read this tip on HBT a couple years ago and it's one of my favorites!

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Originally Posted by Johnnyhitch1 View Post
Go to the local distributor
Might be a lil gross at first but throw em in the dishwasher to clean.
Dishwasher detergent can cause some carbonation problems if it leaves any film on the bottles.

Get your bottles the old fashioned way: by blowing them.

If you get two and 1/2 cases of Sam Adams or some other beer with pry-off caps, you can just save the bottles.

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I used seltzer bottles, 1L are the best. My wife drinks a bottle of seltzer a night so I had plenty, before buying SodaStream. I was able to use the bottles 2-3 times before the caps stopped holding the pressure. Peligrino bottles worked well, they were green and come in double layer plastic or glass bottles. The metal screw caps only last 2 batches, the 2nd or third reuse and they beer was always flat.

I cleaned the bottles with bleach or oxy-clean and water

Even though I keg, I still do 1 or 2 liters in bottles to take to events. Just put 1-2 teaspoons of corn sugar in each bottle and I store in a warm (65-70F) closet.
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"That said, it did smell remotely like root beer which was weird. You can buy club soda I think pretty cheap in two liters which wouldn't leave any smell."

Great idea! Thanks!

To have root beer hit the nose while taking a sip sounds strange indeed!
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