Bottles

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Scott

Guest
My local brewery supply of bottles has dried up (they finally went to
twist offs!). I've been buying various microbrews in 6 packs at the
store. Is there any reason I can't reuse their bottles for homebrew?
The reason I ask is at the base of the bottle, there is raised letters
saying "Do Not Refill"...does that just mean they are not returnable to
the brewery or is there a safety reason they should not be used again
(ie explosion?)???

Scott
 
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KenS

Guest
On Mar 20, 6:36 pm, Scott <acepi...@bloomer.net> wrote:
> My local brewery supply of bottles has dried up (they finally went to
> twist offs!). I've been buying various microbrews in 6 packs at the
> store. Is there any reason I can't reuse their bottles for homebrew?
> The reason I ask is at the base of the bottle, there is raised letters
> saying "Do Not Refill"...does that just mean they are not returnable to
> the brewery or is there a safety reason they should not be used again
> (ie explosion?)???
>
> Scott


I have never tried it but I understood it to be that they will not
withstand the pressure of the carbonation process. On the other hand,
I have heard (not seen) that some people use plastic water bottles.

I have a keg system but I still bottle using flip-tops of the Grolsch
variety for some beers that I brew. High gravity beers just seem to
taste better when bottled versus coming out of a keg. Luckily, I have
an acquaintance that drinks Grolsch that has given me about 8 cases of
bottles.

I was never forced to do it but I bet a local bar that serves Grolsch
might set aside empties for ya in return for a few filled with
homebrew.
 
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Scott

Guest
KenS wrote:

> On Mar 20, 6:36 pm, Scott <acepi...@bloomer.net> wrote:
>
>>My local brewery supply of bottles has dried up (they finally went to
>>twist offs!). I've been buying various microbrews in 6 packs at the
>>store. Is there any reason I can't reuse their bottles for homebrew?
>>The reason I ask is at the base of the bottle, there is raised letters
>>saying "Do Not Refill"...does that just mean they are not returnable to
>>the brewery or is there a safety reason they should not be used again
>>(ie explosion?)???
>>
>>Scott

>
>
> I have never tried it but I understood it to be that they will not
> withstand the pressure of the carbonation process. On the other hand,
> I have heard (not seen) that some people use plastic water bottles.
>
> I have a keg system but I still bottle using flip-tops of the Grolsch
> variety for some beers that I brew. High gravity beers just seem to
> taste better when bottled versus coming out of a keg. Luckily, I have
> an acquaintance that drinks Grolsch that has given me about 8 cases of
> bottles.
>
> I was never forced to do it but I bet a local bar that serves Grolsch
> might set aside empties for ya in return for a few filled with
> homebrew.


That's an idea...now if I could only find a bar serving Grolsch within
500 miles of me :)

Scott
 
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Lushy

Guest
I use comercial bottles all the time including clear glass ones as well just
store them out of the sun.
Scott wrote:
> KenS wrote:
>
>> On Mar 20, 6:36 pm, Scott <acepi...@bloomer.net> wrote:
>>
>>> My local brewery supply of bottles has dried up (they finally went
>>> to twist offs!). I've been buying various microbrews in 6 packs at
>>> the store. Is there any reason I can't reuse their bottles for
>>> homebrew? The reason I ask is at the base of the bottle, there is
>>> raised letters saying "Do Not Refill"...does that just mean they
>>> are not returnable to the brewery or is there a safety reason they
>>> should not be used again (ie explosion?)???
>>>
>>> Scott

>>
>>
>> I have never tried it but I understood it to be that they will not
>> withstand the pressure of the carbonation process. On the other hand,
>> I have heard (not seen) that some people use plastic water bottles.
>>
>> I have a keg system but I still bottle using flip-tops of the Grolsch
>> variety for some beers that I brew. High gravity beers just seem to
>> taste better when bottled versus coming out of a keg. Luckily, I have
>> an acquaintance that drinks Grolsch that has given me about 8 cases
>> of bottles.
>>
>> I was never forced to do it but I bet a local bar that serves Grolsch
>> might set aside empties for ya in return for a few filled with
>> homebrew.

>
> That's an idea...now if I could only find a bar serving Grolsch within
> 500 miles of me :)
>
> Scott
 
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Mike Lenker

Guest
use bottles from reputable, high-quality breweries. Of course, returnables
are best, but I re-use crimp-cap bottles all the time. Look at the glass,
the heavier it looks the better it is. There are some German swing-top
bottles that look bomb-proof (Mondschein?). Grolsche are great, as are
Fischer d'Alsace (same but bigger). European (especially german) bottles
are often thicker, experment with some brews and see how heavu the bottles
feel. I'd tell you which ones I use but the labels are long gone... I
think the larger bottles (18-22 oz) are generally better for re-use.

Never had a bottle explode.

mkl




"Scott" <acepilot@bloomer.net> wrote in message
news:kPSdna-uyuJne3_anZ2dnUVZ_gCdnZ2d@bright.net...
> My local brewery supply of bottles has dried up (they finally went to
> twist offs!). I've been buying various microbrews in 6 packs at the
> store. Is there any reason I can't reuse their bottles for homebrew? The
> reason I ask is at the base of the bottle, there is raised letters saying
> "Do Not Refill"...does that just mean they are not returnable to the
> brewery or is there a safety reason they should not be used again (ie
> explosion?)???
>
> Scott
 
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Lushy

Guest
I use carlton Cold 375 mil clear glassed stubbies which are twist tops and
never had a dud yet, its a myth that you cannot use twist tops as my old
capper does a great job.
Lushy
Mike Lenker wrote:
> use bottles from reputable, high-quality breweries. Of course,
> returnables are best, but I re-use crimp-cap bottles all the time. Look at
> the glass, the heavier it looks the better it is. There are
> some German swing-top bottles that look bomb-proof (Mondschein?). Grolsche
> are great, as are Fischer d'Alsace (same but bigger). European (especially
> german) bottles are often thicker, experment
> with some brews and see how heavu the bottles feel. I'd tell you
> which ones I use but the labels are long gone... I think the larger
> bottles (18-22 oz) are generally better for re-use.
> Never had a bottle explode.
>
> mkl
>
>
>
>
> "Scott" <acepilot@bloomer.net> wrote in message
> news:kPSdna-uyuJne3_anZ2dnUVZ_gCdnZ2d@bright.net...
>> My local brewery supply of bottles has dried up (they finally went to
>> twist offs!). I've been buying various microbrews in 6 packs at the
>> store. Is there any reason I can't reuse their bottles for
>> homebrew? The reason I ask is at the base of the bottle, there is
>> raised letters saying "Do Not Refill"...does that just mean they are
>> not returnable to the brewery or is there a safety reason they
>> should not be used again (ie explosion?)???
>>
>> Scott
 
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