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If you can get Grolsch Amber in the 16 oz swing-top bottles, they are awesome. They're heavier-duty than most 12 oz non-returnables and with the swing-top you don't have to worry about capping (and most LHBSs carry the rubber washers for them if yours get old and crack). The only drawback is that the sides are not smooth, so on-the-bottle labeling doesn't ...


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Since you have the red baron capper, the crown size is actually interchangeable. Noted in the below picture, these metal brackets on each side slide out, revealing a different size crown on it's opposite side. You can then flip the bracket and slide it back in. This is where I would start, especially since you state the caps are the exact same size. I have ...


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Welcome to BrewAdvice.com Frank. This question is honestly a little too broad and all-encompassing for this site, but I'll try to give you some leads. Your best bet is to start reading, start researching, and start talking to people. If you're just getting started, check out the Brewer's Association. They're a good jumping off point. They also have a long ...


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It's mostly to achieve a crystal clear presentation, and also because the average consumer expects no sediment in a can or bottle of beer. Also, filtering out the suspended solids improves the flavor of the beer, especially noticeable in light colored beers. Craft brewers that don't filter the beer leave the yeast in suspension so the beer can condition or ...


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You do not need to stir or agitate the wort during fermentation. The process of diffusion does a fine job of keeping the sugars distributed. Moreover, if you have ever fermented in a glass vessel you'll see that the yeast seem to do an excellent job of stirring things up themselves. Bottom and top fermenting is simply a concept as to where you may find ...


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They're all good if they have paper labels. There's an easy trick to get them off. Get a cheap 5 gallon bucket from home depot (or where ever). Get some oxyclean. Fill the bucket with a water/oxyclean solution. Put it somewhere out of the way. When you're done with a beer, put the bottle in the bucket. Within a couple of days the labels should just ...


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In addition to speaking to your state's liquor control board (if it has one) to find out what licenses you'll need to create alcohol products to sell, you'll want to check with your local health department to find out the rules regarding making consumables to sell. In a lot of places, you can't make foodstuffs to sell commercially in a private household. ...


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I have found that Dogfish Head's labels come off very easily after soaking in warm water. They are my favorite, since I love the beer, and they are so easy to clean. Sam Adams, on the other hand, uses some sort of indestructible glue to hold their labels on. While I enjoy their beer as well, I pass on reusing their bottles.


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Here is a list of bottles and their characteristics for brewing. I highly recommend updating the list with any information you have: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/wiki/index.php/Bottles#Characteristics_of_Recycled_Bottles


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I'm planning on going to the Weeping Radish Brewery (the oldest microbrewery in North Carolina). All the beer drinkers I know that have gone to the Outer Banks recommend it. There's also a place called the Corolla Brewpub that I plan on visiting. If you're passing through Richmond there's the Lengend Brewery and quite a few brewpubs. Around ...


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For commercial brewers, the two reasons for stirring during fermentation are: 1) a reduction in the time it takes to complete fermentation, and 2) breaking up foam. Both are (were) done for economic reasons. Reducing the time it takes to make beer reduces the amount of fermenters a brewer needs, which not only saves money on tanks, but also on real estate, ...


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Swing-top bottles are the best, especially "Howe Sound" bottles (which are a full litre [2 pints], and come filled with excellent beer). "Red Stripe" bottles are really easy to cap with a "Red Baron"-style capper, and are brown which prevents skunking. Also, for completeness, if you have the right kind of caps, "Red Baron"-style cappers typically seal ...


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I've found most American micro/mini-brew bottles work well. Breckenridge labels sometimes come off while I'm still drinking the beer. One type I found didn't work well was Warsteiner. The flange on the neck of the bottle was too short for my capper to work properly, and I wasted far too many caps trying to get those bottles capped. If you have a bench ...



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