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robbiep

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Hi guys,

I wonder wondering what everyones choice of bottles were? i.e. Glass / plastic (PET)? Stubbies or longnecks?

I will use the Coopers PET bottles I got for my first batch of beer, but I need to make a plan for the 2nd batch of beer.

Please note, at this stage, a keg in not an option :)

Look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Regards,
Robbie
 

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I guess it also depends how you like to drink your beer..

For me, I generally drink out the bottle (stubbie) with a stubbie hold while im working around the house and garden.

But in terms of home brewing, bottling and cleaning stubbies might be a little more time consuming.
 

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Not a fan of PET bottles, tried spliting a batch into some in glass and some in PET a couple of times. THE PET ones taste suitably oxidised :icon_vomit:

I use longnecks, it's less to clean and bottle. Also using longnecks you loose less beer to sediment when you decant for drinking.
 

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Coopers longnecks.

750ml means less cleaning/batch. Coopers bottles are significantly better than other longnecks.
 

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Whatever is at hand, but all my PET bottles have gone years ago.
Got some of those Lucky buddha bottles. Look cool, but they're an arse to stack in the fridge.

Stubbies work better for high alc beers. In Tallies you've gotta plan your moments when you're going to enjoy that 11.5% I3PA.
 

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Coopers longnecks are, by far, the sturdiest. Sometimes a longie is too much, so I will also split a batch I am bottling into stubbies, 330ml Monteith's Dopplebock Winter Ale because I have dozens of them...
 

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Champagne bottles, extra tough
 

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NT Draught 2L bottles, if you can get them. That's what I use ... I've got five, so there's half a batch. The rest into Coopers tallies.
 

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I'm a big fan of Grolsch swing tops, less farting around with capping and they're slightly larger than a stubbie
If you're in Northern NSW, i've got a whole bunch for sale right now if you want some
 

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Only having been brewig for approximately 6mths myself, I went through this same question when accumulating bottles. It is amazing how many friends and volunteering of bottles you find when they think some of them will come back full :D

Here's my take and I am happy with it so far:

PET Bottles- are just wonderfully practical. Re-usable lids, easy to clean and allow you to squeeze to test for progress (a good part of the learning phase of how long it takes different beer types to carbonate fully and early sign for any issues with amount of yeast present in your brew at bottling stage). I think these belong in anyone's repertoire. Their only downside is not being able to drink straight from the bottle. A lot lighter to shift around than empty glass botltes....

I should mention I also use these to store my long-term cellared beers. I have got family visiting me in a few months and I have labelled some PET bottles so we can crack them and do a taste test of my first 'Year of Beer'.

James Squire Bottles- they are only 345ml but just look and feel so great. It was also this superior product that made me realise that there was so little character/flavour in other mass produced beers. They are fast getting over priced so it was ironically another catalyst to moving to brew your own and stop me buying them. It is good if you only want to have one or two or are sharing a social beer with neighbour or want to take a bunch (as I did) to have your friends try your work. This way you can distribute a lot of beers without giving away the majority of your batch- it is more the time involved in brewing than being tight with money for me on this. One month brewing a cared for beer can go in one heavy BBQ with a bunch of guzzlers! Also, if you plan to take beers to other people's houses, it is a lot less disconcerting to lose a few of these to the recycling bin as someone else will get you some new empties soon enough. You don't want to take a load of beers to a party and be the sad bloke who collects all the empties back...

I also love the motto embossed on the glass which is pertinent to my motive for starting "Never Forsake Flavour"

German Wheat Beer Bottles (Franzescaner/Wheinstephaner)- these are 500ml so shy of an aussie 'tallie' but, as my friend puts it "A beer should really be half a litre". Anything smaller means you are going to be left unsatisfied, even if you only want one. These are my favourites as they are a decent height for my fridge to stand and mean that you don't have to overcommit if you open one and then realise you don't really need it all. Pours nicely into a large stein or other beer glass.


I should mention that if you go down the route I have (varying bottle sizes) you really need to get into the habit of bulk-priming as if you are dropping glucose tablets into individual bottles, getting the right or consistent amount is going to be a nightmare.

When I bottle, I tend to use a variety of sizes and put myself in a position to know what beer is in what bottle by using different colour caps (on the JS/German beer bottles) and printed labels on the PET bottles. As mentioned, I tend to use the PET bottles for cellaring so my number of PETs 'in rotation' is dwindling but they are still used for drinking sooner rather than later.

Don't forget, also, that the bigger the bottles, the lesser number you need to use. I am still not bothered by the bottling/cleaning process and the time consumption involved (must mean I am a true lover of the product!) but if you find you are getting fed up with the hassle of bottling, you'd better get collecting some tallies quicksmart!

Finally, I can definitely understand why a lot of folk think kegging is the future (I would agree with this) but I love being able to drink my own beer out of my favoured bottles and also being able to show up at social events with other beer nerds and handing them a botle of my latest attempt.

Hope this is of use.
 

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Re priming with odd bottle sizes.

I make up a sugar solution, and prime with a syringe - tallies get 10ml, stubbies half that, and other sizes are easy to adjust to.

https://sites.google.com/site/goatherder/bulkpriming

Saves the whole bulk priming step, and ensures each bottle has the correct amount of sugar.
 

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I use 19L stainless steel bottles. To keep the beer fresh I use pressurised CO2 to pour it.

Seriously the best step in homebrewing. When I hear of people who brew kit beers "because they don't have the time to make AG" ... but then bottle, I do a facepalm in my mind.

Back on topic - I used to bottle into 2L PET. 12 per batch.
 

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I have bottled with everything from 290mL, 500mL, 740mL, 1.25mL and even 2L PETs and had no problem at all...except when the wife grabbed a bottle of what she thought was coke :lol: and chugged a mouthful of Christmas Spiced Dark Ale :lol: I was nearly beerless and balless after that one!
 

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I've just received my kegging kit :beerbang: . But I usually bottle a 23L batch into the following:

23 Coopers longknecks - for drinking at home, they're nice and sturdy,

1x750ml PET bottle - for squeezing to check carbonation,

the remainder into 500ml ex Ginger Beer / LCBA bottles or 450ml Grolsch swing tops for taking to BBQ's etc.


Once I get the keg setup going, I'll fill a 19L keg but still bottle the rest into 500ml / 450ml bottles.
 

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A bit of shameless self promotion but I like my 2 litre swing top growlers for bottling in.
I normally keg and then put the leftover amounts into the growlers so they are easily transported to BBQ and parties.
 

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