Ss Brewtech’s Biggest Baddest Holiday Giveaway Ever!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Bottling/Kegging > Max pressure for bottles
Thread Tools
Old 08-11-2008, 02:02 PM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Muncie, IN
Posts: 43
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default Max pressure for bottles

I was listening to Jamil's podcast about Belgian Golden Strong Ale, and he said the style should be carbonated to 4 volumes,but then he said regular bottles cannot hold that much pressure without breaking. While I know that thickness of bottles probably varies quite a bit, does anyone have guidelines for how much pressure standard bottles (e.g., from Sam Adams) can take?

p.s., I don't keg and would rather not go the champagne bottle route due to capping issues... unless there is an easier way to do that.


gregs765 is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2008, 02:28 PM   #2
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
zoebisch01's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Central PA
Posts: 5,180
Liked 9 Times on 9 Posts


Well I think anything over 3 volumes is pushing it. While there is no guarantee, there is a sort-of correlation between bottle weight and it's ability to hold pressure. So your heavier bottles are the best bet.

If you really really really want bottles capable you have to buy those styles bottled and reuse or locate a source. Most of them are the large bottles that get corked but there are some like Orval that are so heavy, it's amazing . But I don't think most people will make their bottle stock from Orval bottles as it runs close to $100 a case.

Unfortunately companies are decreasing glass weight. Franziskaner half liter bottles used to be really thick, and I have about 6 cases of those. The newer ones are much lighter though .

The Unibroue bottles are twist offs but I have heard that is really a non issue. I was stocking them up but then I got lazy. Those are a bit on the heavy side as well.
Event Horizon ~ A tribute to the miracle of fermentation.

Brew what you like. Do this, and you will find your inner brewer.
zoebisch01 is offline
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
pressure barrel or bottles stuy26 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 17 11-01-2012 10:24 PM
Pressure limit of bottles - Bottle conditioning axp Bottling/Kegging 5 09-04-2009 12:13 PM
Cause of pressure build-up in my cider bottles? TMRBeer Cider Forum 6 05-11-2009 12:30 AM
Bottles and CO2 Pressure RHeastings Bottling/Kegging 2 11-07-2008 02:52 AM
Bottles or Pressure barrel carling05 Bottling/Kegging 13 04-11-2005 09:32 AM

Forum Jump

Newest Threads