Bottling Beer in wine bottles

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  1. MrBIP

    MrBIP Active Member

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    I thought I read somewhere that you should not bottle beer in wine bottles... the reason given was something about wine bottles being thinner than beer bottles and the potential for the bottles to actual break ("explode") due to the pressure.. ??? Any experience with this?

    Thinking ahead .. I'd like to brew the Cherries in the Snow recipe from Papazian book and think it would just be cool to put it in wine bottles and let it age. ... of course with a cork and the tie down to keep it there.
     
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    Wine corks allow air exchange, and that would be reason enough not to use them for beer.

    As for bottle pressure, no idea. I'd get some capable champagne bottles, like they have for some high end beers, and do a wax seal for effect.
     
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    High-end Belgians are bottled using champagne corks and bales - gas loss isn't a factor. I wouldn't be worried about the bottles (champagne bottles, that is) except for the green color. You can't skunk wine but you certainly can beer!
     
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    That is a good point, and I suspect the density of a champagne cork to be different than a normal wine cork.
     
  5. MrBIP

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    Thanks,
    Have to start doing some research now for champagne bottles. :)
     
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    I can buy champagne-style bottles at my homebrew store that will take either crown caps or bales and corks. My only objection to them is the cost and the color and the size - 750ml is not that much of a gain over a US standard 22-ounce bomber. I'd love to find some one-liter crown cap bottles but don't think such things exist on this side of the Atlantic.
     
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    For gifts I use the sparkling cider bottles with the pop off tops (Welches uses screw tops). A standard Crown cap fits them just right and I'll do a wax top for a bit of style. Works great, kids think they're drinking champagne, fairly cheap compared to flip top growlers, and someone gets a good beer in a nice disposable container.
     
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    I'm pretty sure you can put a crown cap on the swing top bottles I sell.
    I'll check tomorrow and get back to you.
    I get them in clear, cobalt blue and amber in both 1/2 liter and 1 liter sizes.
    I also sell amber Belgian beer bottles and champagne bottles with corks and cages.
    Brian
     
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    Thanks,
    Researching now for a spring project, so you might hear from me on getting some clear champagne type bottles for it.
     
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    Boone's Farm bottles would work. I should have thought of that - I've got a giant pile of those in the yard.
     
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    I have not such experience bottling beer in wine bottles..But after that post i can try it.I think it is a great idea to have a fun.
     
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    Just make sure they fit what your capping.some or standard some metric.
     
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    Brewer #22550 New Member

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    yes, check your crown size BEFORE getting ready to bottle, and BEFORE the LHBS closes. They all might look the same, but they are not. Many a posts on the internet about last minute solutions because someone bought standard caps and are using say, Bruery bottles, which are 1-2mm larger
     
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    No one else found this just slightly disturbing? :D Boone's Farm, great for a hangover every time! :D
     

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