Glass or plastic containers used to store finished beer or wine.

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What are the easiest and hardest commercial beer bottles to re-use for homebrew? [closed]

One of the great perks of homebrewing is the ability to reuse, rather than just recycle the bottles that come into your house. You just soak off the labels and re-use! All bottles are not created ...
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How do you label your bottles?

How do you mark, label, or otherwise identify the contents of your bottles? I'm currently using masking tape and a marker, but I'm curious what most other people use.
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Are there any tricks for removing labels from bottles?

Some labels can be a pain to remove. I've tried soaking bottles in water with a little bit of dish soap but it doesn't really do much to break down the adhesive. What methods do you have for easily ...
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Why my homebrewed lager beer bottles explode?

I started home-brewing lager beer last year. I am using ready-kits and the first three times it went quite well. Now, with the latest, I had a very strange problem. A couple of weeks after I bottled ...
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Reusing twist-off bottles

I've heard it said that twist-off bottles should be avoided when reusing bottles for homebrewing. I've also heard a few people saying they've used plenty of them with no ill effects. Given that (at ...
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Are bottle brushes necessary?

I've always bottled my beers (haven't invested in a kegging setup yet), and I've never once used a bottle brush. I simply soak my bottles in OxyClean to clean them, give them a shake, then rinse, ...
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Can I use a dishwasher that has rinse agent to sanitize my bottles?

My dishwasher has a built in rinse agent dispenser that it claims must be filled for every use, besides I have no clue how to empty it once it is filled. Can I still run my bottles in the dishwasher ...
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Bottle Marking Pen?

I recently had the idea that, instead of taping my bottles, and marking with a sharpie, it would be very handy to use something like a 'grease pencil' to mark up the bottle with the relevant info. ...
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Is there a limit to how many times you re-use bottles?

I had my first bottle bomb ever yesterday, after 3 years of brewing. I've had some bottles break during opening, some while bottling, and it's usually not a big deal, though sad. Having one shoot ...
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Are plastic fizzy-drink bottles an acceptable substitute for glass bottles?

I'm thinking of cola, lemonade, etc bottles, usually 2 litres, commonly available in the UK. Are these going to be an acceptable substitute for glass bottles? Would save a few pennies on the cost of ...
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Why do red wines tend to be stored in green bottles and white wines not?

It seems that all red wines are stored in green or occasionally other dark coloured bottles and white wines in clear or light coloured bottles. Why is this?
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Is there an optimal bottle size?

I am approaching bottling time for my "ordinary" bitter and was wondering, does bottle size (i.e. volume) have any appreciable effect on the final beer? I have been working hard collecting ...
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Cardboard alternatives to bottle cases for storage

A problem I hadn't really anticipated was how to store/transport bottled homebrew. I've been reusing old cardboard store-bought boxes, but they seem to be breaking down pretty quickly, especially ...
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Cleaning bottles - What's a good cleaning agent?

At this point I am using regular dishwashing liquid for cleaning my bottles. This is not perfect, I know and I think, I am seeing a detrimental effect on the foam, but I do not know a good ...
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How to troubleshoot flat beer?

Since I started brewing in January, every single batch (6 so far) has come out flat. I've had a couple come good after a few months in the back of the garage but for the most part, it's all flat. At ...
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How do you efficiently empty beer bottles?

I'm not talking about pouring a beer--in the context of rinsing or sanitizing bottles, I'm not quite satisfied just holding each bottle upside down while I wait for the glug-glug-glug of water and air ...
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Which commercial bottles are good for repurposing?

I bottle condition my beer, and in the past, I've always just reused commercial beer bottles (I never understood paying for empty beer bottles when I could buy them full of tasty beer!) Are there are ...
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Does bottle color matter for a given beer style?

With clear, green, and brown bottles abound (e.g., Corona, Heineken, and Yeungling respectively), is there a hard and fast rule for what color of bottle to use for a given beer style? Also, are brown ...
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Do glass bottles weaken over time?

I bottle to flip top 750 ml bottles. Should I keep using the same ones forever, or do they weaken over time, and I should get a new set some day? I'm not extremely careful with them, I often clean ...
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What are some effective, cheap, easy ways to clean and re-use bottles?

After a couple year hiatus from home brewing, I'm ready to get back into it and I have been diligently consuming some local microbrews and saving the bottles in preparation. When I brewed before, for ...
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Breaking bottles when capping them

I've got a two-handled handheld capper. Twice, I've snapped the neck while trying to put the cap onto a bottle. Considering how few bottles I've actually capped, that's a failure rate of over 5%. Is ...
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How exactly do you “cap on foam”?

This appears to be a term many are familiar with, but how exactly do you cause the beer to foam prior to capping? I use a spring-loaded filler rod, which always results in about an inch of head ...
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Profesionally Printed Labels?

A friend has offered to design labels for a few of my favourite beers. I just got the first one, and I love it. The only problem is some of the design elements don't show up very well when printed on ...
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How long after bottling will the effects of oxygenation become apparent?

I think it is well understood in the brewing community that oxygen absorbing caps exist and are readily available. I don't keep any on-hand since my brews tend to be consumed rather quickly and are ...
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How many ounces of beer are in the typical 12oz bottle?

Assuming that a "12 oz bottle" means that the bottle filled to the brim holds 12 ounces then how many ounces do most breweries put in a bottle? Does the difference between the bottle size and actual ...
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Bottle Bomb Batch

Had my first bottle bomb last night which made a pretty good mess in the closet and now I am nervous about the rest of the bottles from that batch. Should I open all the bottles from that batch to ...
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Is it possible to cork screw-top wine bottles?

Do normal corks and normal corkers work with them? Is there a greater risk of breaking the neck of the bottle during corking?
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What kind of paper should I use for bottle labels?

Do I need to use heavier paper (ie, 30 lb) for labels? Would regular printer paper work just as well?
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Small bottles for sampling

When I am bottling my beers I tend to do so into 22oz bottles and usually have enough remainder to make one 12oz. I was wondering if it would be safe to bottle the remainder into 8oz or smaller ...
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Online retailers for brown nipper bottles (187 mL)?

I like using nipper bottles for high-alcohol brews as well using a few in each batch I bottle so I can test carbonation levels & flavors as the batch bottle conditions. So far, I've only had ...
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Are different style bottles more appropriate for different style beers?

While I feel pretty confident that the style of bottle doesn't matter too much with respect to how a given beer is conditioned, I was wondering if there were any good guidelines for choosing different ...
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storing bottles

Simple question: How do you store a lot of bottles (empty and full) in a small space? I get a lot of bottles from friends, often arriving to me in 6-packs, and I have some odds and ends (i.e. 500mL, ...
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Bottle drying after sanitisation?

When sanitising and using a bottle tree, should I wait for bottles to dry completely or can I use them just rinsed? The Youngs sanitiser I'm using says items should be used within 1 hour of being ...
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Hop photoisomerization (light effect on transparent bottles)

Very little information can be found around internet about "photoisomerization" in beers. This is a chemical reaction on acids of hops if exposed to the light, such as in transparent bottles. I could ...
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Sanitizing with bleach without rinsing

What concentration of bleach (or Sodium hypochlorite) diluted in water is necessary to sanitize bottles? How much time is necessary to keep the bottles immersed in the solution, or is sufficient to ...
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My Bottles are Breaking :(

I have around 4 boxes of 24oz's and 4 boxes of 12oz's. I started brewing roughly 8 months ago and have purchased these bottles over the 8 months. When I open the bottles to pour a brew, I've had ...
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Can I Use Printer Paper for Labels

I plan to do enough brewing this summer to have more than one brew available for drinking. Therefore, I want to label my bottles. I know about using milk for attaching labels, but I was wondering if ...
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Will there still be yeast leftover for second fermentation after filtration?

I want to filter my beer then put it in the bottles for the second fermentation (aka making the beer fizz). I am worried that I will get rid of all the yeast and end up with flat beer.
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first time using pet bottles and have 8 flat

Is there a special way of sealing PET bottles? This is the first time I have used these bottles so I just screwed the cap on by hand until I thought it was tight. I have had 8 flat bottles so far and ...
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Contact time for sanitizing bottles with diversol

To sanitize bottles with diversol can I simply put the solution in a vinator, pump it into the bottle a couple of times and rinse? Or does it require to soak in the bottles for 20 minutes?
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Attribute taste variation to volume of bottle?

This is not exactly a home brew question but this site seems to be the best fit in the stack exchange network for it. You can home brew the beer in question with a kit produced by the brewery though ...
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What is the correct way to sanatise plastic pet bottles?

I just bought a couple of boxes of plastic bottles for my first home brew. I assume that they are clean being new, but I need to sanatise them. I have a no rinse sanatise solution, should I use that? ...
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High water pressure compressor for washing bottles

Friends often bring me empty bottles. Some of those not washed right after consumption are dirty, so I am looking for a good engineering solution to clean them. One idea is to use high pressure water ...
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Why are green bottle less favoured? [closed]

I'm reading a lot about people not liking green/clear bottles and going for brown bottles, which I believe is traditional and correct in regards to protection from UV/Daylight. But why is it such an ...
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Where Can I Buy Commercial Beer in Swing Top Bottles in UK

Where can I buy beer that comes in swing top bottles? I don't wanna buy empty bottles if for a few more coins I can get some beer in it! :D Please list below Details like: Location Brand Size ...