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Old 06-24-2013, 05:32 PM   #1
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So my wife has been buying a two brands of lemonade that come in 750ml flip-top bottles... they'd be perfect for my homebrew, except that they're clear.

Now, I'd be keeping them in a room in my basement with no windows, and the only time any lights are on in there is if I'm going to the fridge to grab a beer... so would his actually cause any problems? I'd be able to store them in a box to really make sure no light gets to them as well...

I know clear bottles are far from ideal, but would I run into any problems with these? Should I just do one or two bottles the first time around as a test, or would I be safe doing more?
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Old 06-24-2013, 05:36 PM   #2
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IMO, if you are keeping them in a completely dark environment the possibility of skunking is minimal
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Old 06-24-2013, 05:44 PM   #3
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I've used Corona bottles and never had no issues, just keep them in a dark spot and you'll be fine.

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Old 06-24-2013, 05:45 PM   #4
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Problem 1 which you've identified.. skunking/light contamination. That is a risk, but if kept seal in th dark until drunk, I don't see an issue.

Problem 2 which hasn't been mentioned is bottle bombs. I'd be concerned that these bottles haven't held presured liquids, and might not be up to the task. General rule of thumb is it is ok to reuse a bottle that had some sort of carbonated drink in it, but that if the drink was uncarbed, the bottle might not be preasure safe for beer. Looking at these bottles and your description, that is my worry.... Although to be honest, I might give it a try with 1 or 2 anyhow.

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Old 06-24-2013, 05:52 PM   #5
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I had the same though as AC, if they are not made for pressure you are gambling on safety.

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Old 06-24-2013, 06:00 PM   #6
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The lemonade that we're getting in them is carbonated... though it is a rather light carbonation. The glass is really thick on them too, if that changes anything? I never thought of that though, heh...

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Old 06-24-2013, 06:00 PM   #7
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x3 with regards to those bottles holding pressure. They look really cool though, so I'd try one out in your next batch. Wrap it up in a towel and place in a strong box of some type and see what happens.

Light not an issue if you keep them from the light.
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Old 06-24-2013, 06:15 PM   #8
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I agree,try one out & see how it holds up. Cool retro looking bottles too!
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Old 06-24-2013, 06:21 PM   #9
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I've got some very similar bottles that my wife likes. I planned on bottling cider in them. The lemonade is carbonated, so I figured they would be safe. Maybe I will take precautions as well...

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Old 06-24-2013, 08:22 PM   #10
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I've used the French lemonade bottles with no problems.
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