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If you are just getting started with brewing your own beer. Then you might be wondering the same as I was. Which bottles do you actually use for homebrewing.
I wanted to find out which bottle types were best for homebrewing. This blog post is all my research and learnings about bottles and brewing at home.
What Are the Best Bottles for Homebrewing? Choosing a bottle type for your homebrew is up to personal preference. If you plan to make a ton of beer, you may want to use reusable bottles like swing-top type bottles. Many pick long neck bottles with bottle caps for the authentic beer look and the pleasant sound you get when opening the bottle.
If you continue reading this blog post you’ll get a bit more detail about what types of beer bottles you can use for home brewing, and which one may be best suited for you.
I will go in-depth with bottles and homebrewing. I hope you like it!
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Alright so, What Are the Best Bottles for Homebrewing?
If you’re just getting into home brewing, or if you have been home brewing for a while, you may be wondering if the bottles you’re using are best suited for you.
Choosing the right type of bottle for home brewing is actually more vital than one might think, and here’s why:
The bottling process of homebrewing is just as vital as fermentation or mashing, and can quite easily ruin your batch of beer if not done properly.
It comes down to 2 things, lighting and oxygen levels. When choosing a bottle it’s important to understand the environment your beer needs to carbonate properly.
If the location of your beer is stored in isn’t completely dark, you definitely have to choose a beer bottle with dark-tinted glass as you see in many types of store bought beers as well. This helps keep light and thereby warmth, out of your bottle.
The same thing goes for the importance of keeping your bottle airtight. Swing top bottles are very popular due to their ability to be easily reused multiple times, however you need to watch out when using these, since if don’t close them properly, you may ruin your beer.
Make sure whatever bottle type you are using, that the bottle is completely airtight during carbonation so you don’t ruin your beer.
Choosing the best bottle comes down to what you prefer personally in terms of the look of the bottle, and its specific properties.
8 Types of Beer Bottles for Homebrewing
Beer bottles come in various shapes and sizes, but over the years they have been more and more standardized and today there are a rather set amount of beer bottle types.
#1 Nip/Grenade Bottle
This bottle is a small 7 oz. bottle dating back to the 17th century. The word “nip” is abbreviated from the word “nipperkin” which means a small amount of spirits, usually under half a pint. These small beer bottles are often seen served at restaurants and some can also be found in supermarkets or specialized craft beer shops.
This is the known industrial standard bottle in America which you can find in most, if not all grocery stores. This bottle is usually capped with metal caps or metal-screw caps for easier opening. Often seen sold in 6, 12 and 24 packs in grocery stores. Contains 12 oz. of delicious beer
A short stubby bottle that can contain 12 oz. of delicious beer. Its similar to the Longneck, but with a much smaller neck and a wider body. A bit more rare compared to the longneck, but still a popular choice of bottle among some beer manufacturers as well as homebrewers.
The name of this bottle is not reserved to belgian beers only, but is simply just the origin of the bottle. This bottle is often 12.7 Oz. but can also be 11.2 oz since that is the standard of many European beer bottles/cans.
Looks similar to the longneck, but is a bit more “curvy” in the connection of neck to body compared to the longneck, being a bit more “squarish”.
This is the standard size of a British beer bottle at about 16.9 oz. but also found in 11.2 oz. like the belgian beer bottle. This bottle is very iconic, often seen in older british films. The bottle is large and thick from top to bottom but the neck is a little thinner than the lower part of the body.
#6 Swing Top Bottles
A popular bottle among craft-beer and homebrewers in general. This bottle is very handy, with easy closure and reusable caps that can be used for long periods of time.
These bottles do have a risk involved however. Sometimes when closing the caps, they might be a bit crooked which can allow oxygen to enter the bottle, and this is quite bad when carbonating your homemade beer.
These bottles come in different sizes, often ranging from anywhere between 12 to 16 oz.
#7 PET Bottles
Plastic type bottles that are reusable and come with screw-caps for easy closure and opening. The downside of using these bottles is that its very hard to completely shield your beer from oxygen, so there is a small chance of oxidation when carbonating your beer.
Just make sure you close these bottles as tightly as you can, and of course, store them in a proper place like you’d usually do.
#8 Oxygen Barrier PET Bottles
As the name indicates, these are simply PET bottles but with an oxygen barrier. These bottles are more thick and sturdy than the standard PET bottles, which helps removing the risk of oxidation in your beer.
If you are making beer that has a longer carbonation time than 2-3 weeks it’s probably a good idea to use these types of PET bottles, if you are keen on using plastic type bottles.
The positive side of using any plastic type bottle is obviously the removed risk of breaking them if you accidentally drop them, which for the more clumsy homebrewers might be a big plus.
My Personal Choice of Beer Bottle
Any beer bottle is suited for homebrewing, but some are more popular than others for good reason.
My recommendation is you use glass bottles for the simple fact that I'm not a huge fan of storing my beer in plastic type products, not even the fermentation buckets etc. where i also prefer glass carboys or similar.
Personally I’d choose the swing-top bottles since they are very traditional and nostalgic to me, but the longneck type glass bottles with metal caps are just as good if you prefer that good feeling of popping of the cap of your bottle.
I’d highly recommend you stay away from using clear bottles, unless you are 100% sure about your conditions when storing your beer for carbonation. Pick any bottle you prefer, and make sure you understand the qualities of the bottle, and any extra conditions it may need to carbonate your beer properly.