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Old 08-19-2008, 03:44 PM   #1
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I have been watching a youtube vid on bottling beer. The guy suggests using plastic bottles with screw caps. What do you all think?

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Old 08-19-2008, 03:46 PM   #2

You can definitely use the PET amber bottles available online. I prefer swing-tops myself.

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Old 08-19-2008, 03:48 PM   #3
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I bottled my first brew using PET bottles which came with my Cooper's kit. I had no problem with it - carbonation held up ok.... but.... there's just something unnatural about beer in a plastic bottle [or a can, for that matter].
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Old 08-19-2008, 03:54 PM   #4
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It's a matter of choice, and convenience...You can even get 22 ounce brown plastic pet bottles.

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Old 08-19-2008, 03:56 PM   #5
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I use nothing but 500ML PET 'long neck' style bottles. I love them, they don't break, capping requires no extra tools and they last forever.
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Old 08-19-2008, 07:17 PM   #6
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I've been reusing 1 & 2 liter soda bottles. Works perfectly for me. The only thing is; you pretty much have to drink it all at once. The carbonation lasts only a day at most. Also - if you keep pouring 1 glass then putting the bottle down, as you get near the bottom, you'll start to stir the yeast up. Works best if you just crack it and pour four or five glasses right there.

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Old 08-20-2008, 06:03 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by bradsul View Post
I use nothing but 500ML PET 'long neck' style bottles. I love them, they don't break, capping requires no extra tools and they last forever.
Same here. Amber PET bottles last for years and are real easy to clean & Cap. Never a problem carbonating.

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Old 08-20-2008, 06:28 AM   #8
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Plastic bottles are not a good barrier against oxygenation (at least most of them). Don't age beer too long in them.

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Old 08-20-2008, 06:32 AM   #9
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In the past I've always used glass bottles, and still do, but I'm going plastic for the next batch because I'm going to be taking the majority of it to the river with me when I go camping. They don't allow glass on the river so, PLASTIC TO THE RESCUE! Like most things with homebrewing, its all about personal preference and what YOU want to do. Have fun!
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Old 08-20-2008, 06:40 AM   #10
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The new PET bottles and the caps now seem to work great. I use them for yeast washing/storage and for storing beer when I need to empty a keg. Years ago they just did not seal well, now I have have not had a problem.
It is also a great way to re-cycle soda bottles. (5 cents or reuse for BEER, not even a choice).
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