Bottles for Homebrew ?
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 ?
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.
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/
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.