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Old 02-03-2013, 02:03 AM   #21
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I usually like a mix of sizes. Most of the time I only drink a 12 but I like to take the bigger bottles to the brew club meetings. When I do a session beer like a Cream Ale I will bottle all of those is 20's.

 
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:16 AM   #22
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I'm with the swing tops or 22 oz crowd, especially now since kegging some batches too. Also like using cap-able champagne bottles and 32 oz swing tops. 12 oz are ok, but bottling 48 of em is a pita.

 
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:26 AM   #23
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I like the Grolsch bottles......I boil my used bottles,you'd be surprised how much crap comes out of them even when you think they are clean
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:31 AM   #24
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I have a mix of 22 and grolch swing tops. My favorite liquor store had a whole shelf a grolch bottles that looked like they had been there for years ((covered in dust) they were marked at .50 . I bought all they had, since it was much cheaper then I'd seen online . I went back today and they restocked the shelf. Now marked .95..... Bastards lol


The above answer about growlers mentions adjusting the amount of sugar for bottle size. I used a bottling bucket and filled 12,16, and 22oz bottles. Are my 22s not going to have enough carb, since kit instructions said use 12ioz bottles????

 
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:35 AM   #25
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I've found that 22 oz take about a week longer to carb than 12 oz, but they do just fine. Same with 32 oz bottles for that matter.

 
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:49 AM   #26
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Finally bottled, so I can preach. It's not so bad! Go for the 22oz. for sure. They seem to be getting scarce, but I found a supplier(in USA), Bob, for Buy Our Bottles. A pallet of 105 cases, or 1260 bottles for $488(38 cents each!). You'd have to get some partners, but, $100 would get you about 20 cases. You could easily pee that $$$ away driving around for small buys.
Advantages: you can experiment with each bottle without having to commit a whole batch: add alcohol(grain neutral spirits, available at some state liquor stores), or dry hop, or both, with any number/combo of hops, other flavors. Experiment!!!
A bottling wand is essential. Mine cost less than $3.
You can open and recap, to check for pressure, carbonation, aroma, etc. If you need to make changes, it costs you only one cap per bottle. If you're conserned with oxidation, add nitrogen or CO2, or, just shake it.
Btw, what the suppliers of flip-tops DO NOT tell you: the tops are plastic, not ceramic, if it matters. The seal of the crown cap is more dependable, and, if you chip the bottle, it's 38 cents. Good luck.

 
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:55 AM   #27
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What? Dry hopping in individual bottles? Adding spirits? Recapping to test aroma? Plastic swing top caps are faulty? This all sounds like madness.

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Old 02-03-2013, 03:00 AM   #28
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Have you tried it?

 
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Old 02-03-2013, 03:07 AM   #29
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Nope. You using pellet hops to dry hop in a bottle? Seems like it would be over dose and leave a ton of sediment. Adding spirits isn't for me either, and opening bottles to test aroma seems counter productive as well. Seems you'd be better off doing small 1 gallon batches than messing with bottles. But as the beauty of home brewing is doing your own thing, to each their own.

 
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Old 02-03-2013, 03:09 AM   #30
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Check Craigslist. I just bought 750 bottles from someone who manages a bar for $30. Rinsed out w/labels still on.

 
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