What is the best bottle for storing carbonated cider?

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Does anyone here know what the best bottle for storing a carbonated cider would be?

I'm looking ahead to 2014 and planning some cider making in the spring. I want to make hard, sparkling cider, but I'd prefer not to use swing-top bottles. I'd also like to bottle condition this batch.

Any advice is greatly appreciated!
 

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I use beer bottles

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Any off the shelf beer bottle with a crown cap (not the screw off kind) will hold carbonation just fine. (in this case, regardless of what you've heard...size doesn't matter...haha) I like those Fat Tire bottles, they have a nice sturdy feel to them.
 

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Got these from trader joes ginger beer. I know you said no swing tops but these were $3.99 with product. Not a bad price.
 

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Any standard beer bottle should be fine as long as you follow a priming calculator. You can look up the correct calculations online. I have only had one bottle explode so far.
My fiancé found these re-sealable pouches at our local homebrew shop (think adult Capri Sun) that worked great. It looks odd, but they're easy, clean, strong, and no light or air can get in.
 

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Any beer Bottle. I generally use standard 12 oz with a single 1L swing top for archiving.
 

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Me too! I bottle cider & beer (and often wine) in 1 liter swingtops, they make bottling so easy & quick, I won't ever use crown caps for cider/beer again.
Regards, GF.
I still use crown caps as I haven't accumulated enough swing-tops for my production, and I feel slightly better about stove-top pasteurization with them. Plus I don't mind as much when people don't bring back my crown cap bottles.
My LHBS sells half liter swing tops for only $19+sales tax for a case of 12. I think I need to pick up a few cases.
 

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I've been buying fancy 1 liter swing top beers so I can bottle in them. Win-win! I also buy the ginger beer every time I go to TJ's. They also take crown caps, right?
 

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I picked up a bunch of 16 oz brown swing tops at my local Aldi store for $1.99 each. They had some kind of gross spiced pumpkin cider in them. But the bottles work great.
 

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You could consider champagne bottles, corks, and cages -- That's my plan long-term, to age for years.
 

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I use about half swing tops and half beer bottles. I have a friend who uses Martinelli's Sparkling Cider bottles exclusively though.

So far I have had 1 Anchor Steam bottle bust while capping and 5 22oz bombers bust a few days after bottling. That's not bad out of about 1000 bottles so far.
 

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You could consider champagne bottles, corks, and cages -- That's my plan long-term, to age for years.
In my mind they are the best. They can be capped with crown caps, or corked. Biggest drawback is the weight.

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I picked up a bunch of 16 oz brown swing tops at my local Aldi store for $1.99 each. They had some kind of gross spiced pumpkin cider in them. But the bottles work great.
Shut your mouth, that cider is delicious!!
 

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7 oz champagne bottles are great for high ABV dry cider.
 

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