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Home Brew Bottles
When bottling your homebrew beer, wine, cider, or spirits, making your full bottles look as good as possible is good practice.
An excellent looking bottle will enhance the contents and make you proud of your homebrew as you offer it to your friends and family.
Which bottles are best for homebrew?
Bottles for home brewing come in different shapes, sizes, colours, glass, plastic, glass or Grolsch style of bottle. You can seal them with a crown cap, and you have a choice of different colours, flip top or swing top for beer or corks and heat shrinks for wine.
The choice for beer bottles is
Which is better, glass or plastic beer bottle?
Both have their advantages.
Which colour bottle is best for beer, white or amber?
Most brewers prefer an amber bottle for beer. Amber gives more protection against UV rays. Clear bottles of beer, if left in the sun, quickly turn sour.
What are Grolsch bottles, and are they suitable for beer?
Grolsch bottles are beer bottles with flip top or swing top style fastening.
The flip top/swing top is straightforward when opening; however, they are incredibly secure even when bottling champagne.
They are excellent for using as a beer bottle.
They do not require extra equipment to help fasten them.
They are easy to clean.
You have a choice of two sizes and two colours.
They are suitable for homebrew beer, wine, cider, champagne or spirits.
Can you use old beer bottles for home brewing?
The simple answer is yes.
Always examine them for scratches as scratches can harbour bacteria and make them harder to clean and sterilise.
Avoid screw top bottles as they will be challenging to re-seal. Many big breweries favour these bottles, but they are not easy for a homebrewer to reuse.
How long can you keep beer in a bottle?
You can keep beer quite safely for up to a year in a bottle.
In the early stages after bottling, the beer continues to improve, and then it stays steady for a time. But after twelve months, it can start to deteriorate.
Most bottles are suitable for wine.
You can use any colour, but amber is a good choice for red wine, and clear is suitable for white wine.
Although you can use swing top bottles, nothing looks better than an elegantly shaped wine bottle with a cork that you cover with a beautiful cloured shrink cap and then label. You are sure to impress your friends or family when entertaining and serving your homebrew tipple.
Homebrew wine is very affordable, making it easy to use when cooking. Swing top bottles make sense for such proposes as they are easy to open and re-seal.
Published February 2022