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Old 08-11-2008, 05:46 PM   #1
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I'd like to take some homebrew with me on vacation. I want to use plastic soda bottles because I have to pack all of our stuff in the trunk of a convertible and I'm afraid glass might break. I also like the stealth factor.
Do these things really work ok? I would imagine I would need to buy new caps for them.

 
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Old 08-11-2008, 05:51 PM   #2
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Using soda bottles will work perfectly fine. You don't need to buy new caps for them unless you use them over and over again, but a few times they'll be fine.
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Old 08-11-2008, 05:51 PM   #3
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They work fine.
Make sure and DO NOT let them see the light of day! You WILL skunk your beer.

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Old 08-11-2008, 05:52 PM   #4
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I've heard a few things re: soda bottles, but the bottom line is they work just fine. Thoughts on them are:

- Caps can be re-used once or twice before they start to lose their grip. Not necessary to replace the caps each and every time though.
- Avoid the root beer ones (kinda like kegging, eh?!)
- Oxy clean for 30 mins, rinse well, then Star San should take about any odors out
- Keep them in a brown paper bag, well closed. Avoid teh skunk.

So with that, I say give it a shot! Plus, if it's a porter, you could even leave the Cola label on the bottle - like you said, stealth factor!

I've actually thought about trying plastic bottles for shipping in swaps. I want to run a few home tests on durability / long term viability. But the lessened weight and increased resistance to breakage seem appealing! (Like Yuri's aluminum bottles he used.)
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Old 08-11-2008, 06:14 PM   #5
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I'm saving up mountain bottles. I think that should disguise the contents ok. I understand not having glass on the beach but no alcohol? Alcohol and beaches are made for each other. I think they will work well in the pool area too.

 
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Old 08-11-2008, 07:04 PM   #6
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Go to your local bar and ask them for the caps they take off the 750ml (Fifth) bottles of booze. Those caps are hard and fit 1 and 2 liter plastic bottles and hold up much longer than the original caps. They also seal better.

 
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Old 08-11-2008, 07:06 PM   #7
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I'm saving up mountain bottles. I think that should disguise the contents ok. I understand not having glass on the beach but no alcohol? Alcohol and beaches are made for each other. I think they will work well in the pool area too.
Interestingly, carbonated apfelwein looks just like ginger ale, especially when it is poured out of a green 2 liter plastic Canada Dry Ginger Ale bottle.

 
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Old 08-11-2008, 07:25 PM   #8
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I guess I better start collecting ginger ale bottles. So far I'm bringing apfelwein, your haus pale ale and the bavarian wheat. Well, unless I run out of the pale ale and bavarian wheat. On second thought I might need to brew another batch of something before we go.

 
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Old 08-11-2008, 09:17 PM   #9
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Mountain Dew bottles & a little food coloring.
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