Brown or Green Bottles? - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > Brown or Green Bottles?

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 01-03-2013, 02:45 PM   #1
tamns7
Recipes 
 
Jan 2013
Posts: 23



I would like to know EVERYONE'S opinion on this. I already know brown does better at "protecting the beer from light" but there are sooooo many (especially european breweries) who use green bottles.

So which is better? Brown, green or no difference?

Cheers!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2013, 02:52 PM   #2
twalte
 
twalte's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2012
Roseville (Sacramento), California
Posts: 393
Liked 30 Times on 28 Posts


Brown is generally considered better for preventing skunking the beer. However, I like the Grolsch flip tops, so I use plenty of green. I just keep them out of the light and I have no issue.

In my mind, it's a bigger issue for 6-pack beers and singles being displayed at retail after taking them out of the master carton. When I worked at a brewery, we even designed our 6-pack carriers at heights to protect the bottles from light once removed from the master carton (even brown bottles)
__________________
"You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline – it helps if you have some kind of football team, or some nuclear weapons but at the very least you need a beer"
- Frank Zappa

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2013, 02:55 PM   #3
Varmintman
Recipes 
 
Mar 2012
idaho falls, idaho
Posts: 2,102
Liked 663 Times on 416 Posts


I use brown, green and clear. But the only time they hit the light is when I put them in the fridge to drink so for me there is no difference

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2013, 02:58 PM   #4
GrogNerd
mean old man
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
GrogNerd's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2012
Sterling, VA
Posts: 6,086
Liked 2123 Times on 1330 Posts


during a port visit to Hurghada, Egypt 20 years ago, we were served Stella (definitely NOT Artois), which came in either a brown bottle or a green one and no apparent reason behind the different colors.

when we asked someone, their answer was, "well... the brown bottle is brown and the green bottle is green. is same same"

so, from the Egyptian expert; they are the same same
__________________
"Beer. Good." - Words of House Grog

drinking: Otto M. Gourd Pumpkin Barleywine, Jewel Thieves Apple Wine, Fresh Squee Zed IPA - bottle conditioning: LoCo Foot Barleywine, Basque cider - lagering : Schwarzbier - fermenting: apple wine, Skeeter Pee - on deck: Grodziskie

duboman Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2013, 03:02 PM   #5
duboman
Recipes 
 
Jul 2011
Glenview, IL
Posts: 6,368
Liked 508 Times on 470 Posts


I only use brown bottles but that's really because all the beer I buy commercially happens to come in brown bottles. IMO/IME, it really doesn't matter if you are storing your beer in a dark location but if you don't then darler is definitely better!
__________________
Nothing Left to do but smile and drink beer.....

The Commune Brewing Company-Perfecting the "art" of beer since 2010

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2013, 03:27 PM   #6
cbehr
Recipes 
 
May 2012
Ephrata, PA
Posts: 268
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by varmintman View Post
i use brown, green and clear. But the only time they hit the light is when i put them in the fridge to drink so for me there is no difference
+1

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2013, 05:27 PM   #7
brewmadness
Recipes 
 
Jan 2011
Ionia, MI
Posts: 162
Liked 10 Times on 9 Posts


I store them in a box after bottling.....in the back of a dark closet. Then off to the fridge....where again it is dark. They never see the light of day until I pour them in a glass so it really doesn't matter what color the bottle is. I have used brown, clear, green....same same. Unless you are storing them in your living room not in a box, I really don't think it makes a difference what color the bottle is.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2013, 06:28 PM   #8
unionrdr
Heavyweight homebrewing author & shootist of air
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
unionrdr's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2011
Sheffield, Ohio
Posts: 38,969
Liked 3691 Times on 3171 Posts


I have different shades of brown bottles,dpending on the brewery. I have some German bottles that are more like amber with a touch of green. They all go in craft 12 pack boxes that're completely enclosed.
__________________
NEW books on amazon/Kindle! Check it out now...
Home Brewing- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PBAP6JO
Distopian Sci-Fi- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NTA0L6G
New! John Henry- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GBV3UXU

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2013, 06:11 PM   #9
MollyHatchet
Recipes 
 
Nov 2007
Harrisburg Pa
Posts: 283
Liked 38 Times on 34 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by brewmadness
I store them in a box after bottling.....in the back of a dark closet. Then off to the fridge....where again it is dark. They never see the light of day until I pour them in a glass so it really doesn't matter what color the bottle is. I have used brown, clear, green....same same. Unless you are storing them in your living room not in a box, I really don't think it makes a difference what color the bottle is.
I bought a case of Molson Ice, put a six in my beer cooler behind my bar, another six I placed on the bar where it was in the six pack holder, and was exposed to light through a window, but no sun light shown on the green bottles. After a week I drank the six in the cooler, then placed the six on top of the bar in the cooler and when I went for one, it was noticeably more skunked. Nothing near the point you couldn't drink it, but it's presence was known.

I have a few cases of Grolsch bottles I use, but I do like brewmadness and make sure I keep them in a dark environment, and never have a problem.

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Grolsch Brown vs. Green Bottles ultravista Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10 11-12-2010 03:59 AM
Green vs brown bottles bwgolling Bottling/Kegging 6 03-30-2010 12:08 AM
When did Grolsch switch from brown to green bottles? Jumbo82 Bottling/Kegging 9 01-27-2010 04:04 PM
Bottles: green v. Brown Bigbens6 Bottling/Kegging 10 01-26-2009 06:14 PM
Green vs. Brown Bottles spie0092 Bottling/Kegging 6 10-30-2007 05:15 PM


Forum Jump