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

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Is it OK to bottle condition using previously contaminated bottles?

Almost a year ago I made a saison batch that got contaminated, I stored it out of sight(without emptying them) and forgot about it. Suppose I empty the bottle now, wash them good and sanitize them ...
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Transporting over carbonated glass bottles

At last spring I brewed a batch of belgian ale that turned to be highly over carbonated. It comes out of bottle quite merrily, but so far none of the bottles have exploded or even leaked by themself. ...
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can I carbonate a keg with my own cider

I have a no of kegs both 50L and 30L kegs from my own private bar ,I'm just wondering if I can carbonate my own cider in the keg similar to carbonating to the bottles of cider cheers and thanks in ...
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How do I stop my damson cordial from starting to ferment?

Anyone ever made Damson cordial ? I am very new to making cordials and as I have a high yield of damsons usually, I am just trying to see if cordial is an option rather than just wine and liqueur, ...
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Pet bottles force-carbonation

I use to prime my PET bottles with dextrose and carbonation is usually good. My last batch did not carbonate well (for reasons that I am investigating...), I will fix this, but my question is about ...
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Fat residues on bottles or glasses, causing bad head retension: how to dissolve and remove it?

I have a rather concrete issue for those of you well versed in the chemical sciences: The situation I know for a fact that most of the bottles I am using have been contaminated on the inside with ...
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Bubbles within glass

Hello. I have been brewing for a few months and your advice has been extremely valuable. Thanks. I have a question about glass bottles such as this one in the photo. I bleach them between use and ...
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PET Bottle shelf life

I have my first brew now in the primary and fermenting away for approaching 48 hours now. I plan to leave it there for 3 weeks rather than risk amateur mistakes for the small benefits secondary ...
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How to clean bottles used for homebrewing few times?

I've used bottles few times to bottle home beer. Recently I've found that inside them there are small spots that remain there even if I rinse them with water. Should I worry about them? It's safe to ...
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Making my first batch, but don't have bottles

I'm making my first batch of beer to try out brewing. The kit I have produces 20 pints but unfortunately I don't have bottles to put the beer into afterwards. Is there any other way of storing the ...
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Cleaning Many PET Bottles

How do I clean my set (>30) of PET bottles? I'm dealing with dried beer and yeast residue from my previous batch. I doubt I can use hot water, since it would deform the plastic. Do I need to scrub ...
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Bottling hard ginger beer

A few months back, BYO had an article about hard sodas including hard ginger beer. It talked about the necessity of using strengthened bottles with caged tops (ie. like champagne bottles) due to level ...
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Recycling Screw-top Bottles for Homebrew

With my budget being somewhat limited I can only really afford to put my wine into sanitised used bottles from store bought wine, rather than proper bottles with corks. My main concern is oxidation ...
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What kinds of bottles can be capped?

I want to start collecting bottles to use when I brew. Recycled bottles come in many types. I would naturally steer away from the twist off bottles, bottles that seem thinner or more fragile, or ...
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Recommendations for a bottle supplier

I've been struggling to find a supplier in the UK who sells amber 330ml bottles suitable for European crown caps. I'm looking for glass or plastic bottles preferably of the tall style as opposed to ...
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Using a bottle rinser with 500ml PET bottles

just a quick question regarding the use of bottle rinsers to clean out 500ml PET bottles. I'm looking at this bottle rinser here: http://www.the-home-brew-shop.co.uk/acatalog/Bottle-Rinser-AVVINATORE....
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Stubborn residue in my bottles

I've been brewing for a couple years now, and lately my bottle collection has been more and more difficult to keep clean. I've always been thorough about rinsing the bottles with hot water ...
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plastic storage for bottles

I just found out that roaches harbor in cardboard boxes. Not to mention that cardboard breaks down easily when filled with damp, freshly sanitized bottles. Does anyone have suggestions for plastic ...
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Sterilising tips?

More of an open-ended question really, I've been using Vin Classe Sterilising powder and find it hard to tell if my 25 litre fermenters are properly sterile, I've had a few issues with wine going off ...
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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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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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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 Cost ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 pint-...
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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 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 space,...
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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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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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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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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 alternative....