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Old 04-07-2008, 09:26 PM   #1
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I'm thinking about using plastic PET bottles for my home brews.

does anyone here have any experience with them?

Do they work?

and can you reuse the caps?

and anything else you would like to add about PET bottles would be great.

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Old 04-07-2008, 09:31 PM   #2
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I use the PET 'longneck' style bottles, 500ML and amber coloured (basically a regular beer bottle but PET). I absolutely love them, no worries about breaking during capping or from dropping. Easy to test carbonation, you can re-use the caps 3 or 4 times.

The only real problem with them is that they don't come pre-filled with beer like when you're stocking up on glass bottles.


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Old 04-07-2008, 09:37 PM   #3
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no problems with carbonation?
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Old 04-08-2008, 12:17 AM   #5
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I travel by air occasionally, to visit family. I've had mixed results with crown capped glass bottles maintaining their seal when subjected to altitude and temperature and there is always the risk of breakage. I got some of the 1 liter PET bottles for my "traveling beer". As bradsul mentions they are a breeze to use.
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I've bottled a few batches in the plastic bottles that water comes in like Dasani or Aquafina. They work just fine..............when carbing is complete, you can feel how hard they have become.

Sometimes, the caps will bulge and look like they'll fly off. They don't fly off, but they look suspect.

Plastic bottles are OK.
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I've never had a cap bulge on me, but I think it's because the caps I buy are the same ones used on pop bottles, they're designed to take much higher pressure than water (or even beer) bottles.
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I use my old Mr. Beer plastic bottles for some of the batches with no problems.
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I use some of the 500ml PET bottles and they work great. But I never reuse the caps, because without the plastic safety lock below the treads they could come loose if stored a long time and loose their carbonation.

But if some of you reuse your caps...maybe I will on beers I am not going to store long.
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I use some of the 500ml PET bottles and they work great. But I never reuse the caps, because without the plastic safety lock below the treads they could come loose if stored a long time and loose their carbonation. But if some of you reuse your caps...maybe I will on beers I am not going to store long.
That lock ring actually has nothing to do with keeping the cap secured, it's just a device to tell you that nobody has opened and tampered with a drink you've purchased (just like that pop-top on glass juice bottles etc). I snap those rings off before I use the caps for the first time because they're annoying to get off the bottles for next time.


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