For me, I’m all about reusability. Why buy your own bottles to store your beer when you can get them for free (relatively). While trying out many different bottles, I wanted to compile a list of the best and worst bottles to store your homebrew.
What makes a good bottle? Well there are a few key aspects to keep in mind:
- If the bottle is dark, it can prevent “skunking” which is when light enters the beer and ages it prematurely. Another way to avoid this is to keep bottles in a dark, cool place.
- Avoid bottles that have screw tops. They will be nearly impossible to cap on because of the design. Why take the risk?
- Remember to always thoroughly clean and sanitize your bottles. For tips on sanitizing bottles and bottle caps, read here.
Best Bottles for Brewing
- Grolsch: Due to the easy swing-top but can be expensive to collect
- Sam Adams
- Sierra Nevada
- New Belgium Careful with the necks, as they break more easily
- Sweetwater Brewing Co.
- Red Hook
- Stone IPA
- Ballast Point
- Goose Island
- Dogfish Head
- Magic Hat
Worst Bottles for Brewing
- Pacifico/Corona: Something about the way the lip of the bottle makes it tough for the caps to latch on. Might be a personal issue with me.
- Red Stripe
- Stella Artois
I could use some help with my list! What bottles have you found to be especially good or bad for homebrewing?
Leave a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll add your comment to a list with a short link if you’d like.