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Bottles for Homebrew ?

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What are the best types of bottles to use for homebrew ? I did a batch a few years back and used Grolsch bottles but I no longer have them. They are expensive to collect. Any suggestions ?

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  1. Long ago I would haunt champagne brunches and ask someone at the restaurant to save a few cases of cheap champagne bottles for me. They take a standard crown cap.

    1. Any non twist-off bottles will do, I prefer brown

      1. The bigger the better was my preference when I bottled. Bought some old 1 liter swing tops from this place in Marlboro, MA http://www.home-brew.com/mm5/

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        1. re: LStaff

          My fave is the 22 oz Rogue bottles. No paper label to soak off and quicker to fill than 12 oz.

          1. re: EvanWilliams

            I mostly keg now, but when I want to bottle something up off the tap to give to friends, I don't even bother soaking the labels off anymore. Waste of time - especially if they just throw the bottles out anyway.

        2. Definitely brown and big. I used to pick up cases of longnecks from some nameless bar that were mine for the cleaning. (Must have been before the bottle-deposit law in Maine.) Washing 'em was a trip--cigarette butts, condoms, mold in every color of the rainbow--but filling and capping all those 12-oz bottles takes forever.

          You can get brown swing-top ("Grolsch") bottles in larger sizes from homebrew supply shops, if you're willing to pay. Or check out the import shelves at the beer store; at least you get to drink before you bottle! I finally switched over to the Party Pig mini-keg system, which keeps 1.5 gallons on tap in each PET plastic 'pig', and I keep some brown swing-tops for sharing.

          Check it out: http://www.partypig.com/

          1. In the day of the returnable logneck, getting beer bottles was so easy. Now I find myself buying plain bottles

            The problem with buying beer bottles and having them shipped is that shipping costs can kill ya. But then I found this place where they will ship any size order for $6.99. Bought three cases of the 22 ounce bottles...


            They also have swing types.

            1. Beck's beer bottles are good to bottle with. St. Pauli also. Any bottle with the thick ring under the top ring will do as it enables the "lever" capper to grab and grip. Sm Adams bottles are perfect for the job. nothing beats a Grolsch though. And yes, brown is said to be a better bottle color, but, as long as your beer is stored in the dark, it really does not matter. Drink well, and often.

              1. Yes. Don't bottle. They are a pain in the ass. Keg it. The keg can also be used as a secondary fermenter, and after settling, first pint gets rid of anything settled. Then you seal, carbonate, then serve. Use a 20 litre Cornelius and a CO2 tank (5 pounder works great).