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PET Bottle shelf life

IMHO PET bottles will keep beer very well for up to 6 months. Beer can be kept longer than that but I have noticed that "fizzy drinks" PET bottles can lose pressure after a year or so. Apparently the ...
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Bottling hard ginger beer

I'm a bit late to the conversation, but I also recently started brewing my own Ginger Beer using a Ginger Bug and bottling in the Grolsch-Style swing top bottles. I've had very good success with this ...
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Making my first batch, but don't have bottles

If you don't have bottling gear (bottles, capper, caps, bottle tree etc) Your alternatives need to hold about 15 psi, and be easy to sanitize. 2 liter soda bottles work nice, just need to keep the ...
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Transporting over carbonated glass bottles

If the beer is overcarbonated, I'd just degas it. Lift the cap of each bottle, let the CO2 escape until the foam reaches the cap, let go; repeat as many times as necessary, waiting for the foam to ...
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Is it OK to bottle condition using previously contaminated bottles?

If the bottles are very contaminated say with sediment sticking and or even if they have been open for a while and have fungal growth inside. You still don’t need to throw away, do the following: ...
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How do I stop my damson cordial from starting to ferment?

Stopping cordials fermenting naturally is always a bit difficult without some chemical inhibitors, vigorous pasteurisation or freezing. Wild yeast and bacteria can be difficult to eliminate but some ...
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Are there any tricks for removing labels from bottles?

Stainless Steel Scrubbers These make quick work of a labels and adhesives. Soaking the bottles does make it a lot easier, but these scrubbers work even without soaking. Warm water with a little ...
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Are there any tricks for removing labels from bottles?

My process involves soaking the bottles in a bucket of Napisan or similar for a day or so, then using a butter knife, whittle off the soggy labels. For any remaining glue, grab a Magic Eraser and ...
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How to clean bottles used for homebrewing few times?

An overnight soak in PBW or oxyclean always works well for freeing up beerstone and other deposits for me. The soak should start with the warmest tap water you can get. PBW is more expensive but I ...
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PET Bottle shelf life

Its your first brew; I wouldn't worry about it. It will get consumed fairly quickly. Certainly before an big bad PET issues arise...if you believe in that sort of thing. Don't worry about putting ...
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Cleaning Many PET Bottles

Warm water from the tap will not deform the bottles. If you are worried about it you can temper the water with cooler tap water. Use hot water to dissolve some oxyclean or PBW. Temper it with the ...
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Pet bottles force-carbonation

Yes you can get a ball lock attachment for plastic bottles, then force carbonate as you would a keg. 12-15psi for a few days.
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Fat residues on bottles or glasses, causing bad head retension: how to dissolve and remove it?

I would start with a mild dish washing soap with warm water, it usually gets rid of grease and oils. If you have a bottle brush, use it, if not shake the bottles well. Then rince the bottles well. ...
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Fat residues on bottles or glasses, causing bad head retension: how to dissolve and remove it?

What not use a commercial brewing steriliser/cleaner like VWP? Soak in a solution made with very hot water overnight. One might find that all that is needed thereafter is a rinse with fresh water and ...
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Bubbles within glass

When I cleaned demi-johns and glass bottles by soaking in a solution of PBW and hypochlorite bleach I noticed a build up of some insoluble compound on the surface of the glass that looked similar to ...
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Is it OK to bottle condition using previously contaminated bottles?

Do not only use Starsan. Use water with a bit of bleach added, soak them and clean them, then rinse with a metabisulfite solution. I did not have any contaminated batches, but in the second half of ...
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Transporting over carbonated glass bottles

I ended up transporting the bottles in a following set up: put bottles to a plastic bucket and filled the space beetween them with insides of an old pillow. I packed the buckets to car in a way they ...
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Is it OK to bottle condition using previously contaminated bottles?

I would actually recommend different chemicals than the others. If you want to be really sure, and have gloves and goggles, I would recommend hot caustic to clean the crud out of the bottles. This is ...
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Is it OK to bottle condition using previously contaminated bottles?

When cleaning suspect bottles is concerned, I personally prefer caustic soda. This is generally considered the nuclear weapon of cleaning and is not usually required for normal cleaning jobs, but when ...
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Is there a Grolsch flip-top bottle shortage?

I had a quick search for wholesale suppliers, some of these come in case of 12 - https://www.kinnek.com/industry/brewery/beer-bottles/?npc=3&page=1&sortby=relevance&tag=2197&bnode=22&...
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Sterilizing flip-top bottles in the oven, sealing for later use

I think it's worth mentioning that as homebrewers, we really need to be think about living in the "sanitization" realm rather than the "sterilization" realm. We have households, ...
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can I carbonate a keg with my own cider

If you have kegs, why not just use CO2 to carb it? That's what I do.
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PET Bottle shelf life

For anyone else looking for advice on this here it is from my experience. PET bottles are fine for storing beer from 6 months to a year (perhaps even longer) in the right conditions. In my experience ...
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How to clean bottles used for homebrewing few times?

Cleaning involves removing the stuff you can see. As others have mentioned, a good bottle brush is the most common tool. I've also had success using a water pick (dental hygiene tool) to remove ...
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How to clean bottles used for homebrewing few times?

I use bleach-and-water for sanitizing. I always have a bucket of about 30 litres of bleach-and-water sitting on my brewing counter. After a month or two, I make myself a new bucket of sanitizer. ...
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Cleaning Many PET Bottles

The first trick is never to let beer and yeast dry in the bottles. Rinse them out as soon as they're empty and leave them full of water until you can clean them properly. PBW is more more effective ...
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Are there any tricks for removing labels from bottles?

Mineral Terpentine ("terps" substitute) is magic for those labels with really tough adhesive. Peel / scrape the label off as best you can. Then just a small amount on a rag works wonders. ...
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Bottling hard ginger beer

IMHO and experience, the best bottles to use for "shorter term" conditioning of ginger beer (and related "fast ferments") are plastic PET bottles. The screw tops are sufficiently strong and the actual ...
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Bottling hard ginger beer

I have always bottled my hard ginger beer in soda bottles, and released the excess CO2 every day for the first 3 days then drunk it all on the fourth or fifth day. If you were to ferment it out ...
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Bottling hard ginger beer

If it recommends a Champagne bottle, then an flip top bottle would be risky. Not so much as the style of cap, but for the thickness of the bottle glass. Champagne bottles are rated for about 90 psi, ...
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