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Coopers Tall-es most reliable but been getting terrific results in the coopers PET bottles. Since I pour I don't need to worry about off taste drinking out of a PET and a bonus.. no bottle bombs.

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Coopers tallies. Asahi smallies. Why? Because you can put any beer in them. Even very highly carbonated ones without fear of cleaning up glass and crying over the spilt beer.

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Coopers Longies, asahi and bitburger stubs

PET bottles are good an cheap and have been good for me so far. Good to gauge where carbonation is at. 

Feels better from glass tho....

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PET bottles are light, easy to store in the cupboard or on the bottle tree, and last a long time. 

(How often PET bottles can be re-used is still a matter of conjecture). 

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Coopers long necks and Cascade stubbies. Great for storing beer in them and can reuse over & over.

Holds temp a little longer and love pouring from glass bottle to glassware. Gotta love that chink sound when they kiss lightly.

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5 hours ago, jackgym said:

(How often PET bottles can be re-used is still a matter of conjecture). 

I purchased 100 used 750ml PET's 4 years ago for $1.  Stilling using them...   🙂  

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I,too,like the PET bottles- that reassuring firmness as they carbonate,and the way the sediment lodges and stays in the little foot indentations. And,yes,there is something about glass. I have quite a collection of 750 ml Bundaberg ginger beer bottles. They are robust brown bottles with an aluminium screw top which can be reused countless times. Replacement lids are available for a few cents. I find them ideal beer bottles. If you are not a fan of ginger beer,try diluting it with rum. Improves it no end. You see it occasionally on special for $2. The bottle has to be worth $1, so it becomes almost as cheap as home brew!  Cheers.

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330ml Moo Brew and 500ml Weihenstephan hefe bottles. Both very thick and heavy for highly carbonated beers.

Cheers, 

John 

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13 hours ago, BlackSands said:

I purchased 100 used 750ml PET's 4 years ago for $1.  Stilling using them...   🙂  

Holy crap! It seems I've been panicking too early with the PET's. 😮

I toss them after 15 brews or so. Looks like they're good for a few more than that.

 

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I don’t bottle much but when I do I bottle in James Squire bottles. They are brown and seem thick. 

BB

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Cooper's long necks, James squire stubbies (plus a few other random ones).

Might sack the PET bottles. Have used them before no dramas, but i did a batch of cider in the PET bottles just before Xmas and some of them have been flat when opened.

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17 hours ago, John304 said:

I’m still using my original pets from 7 years ago 😉

With trepidation? 😓

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Asahi's are my faves only issue is I have to drink what's in them before I can use them for my brews 😭 Squires work good, stone and wood, anything with a pop top.  I'm not brewing highly carbed beers though.  Tried that a couple times with the PET's and although it worked, they were way overcarbed and ruined the flavour.

PET's are fine but from much experimentation, 3/4's of the beers were no good after about 6-8 months.  Flat, DOA, some of them were overcarbed.  I would only recommend using PET's for simple beers you are gonna swill as soon as they hit 4 weeks in the bottle.  

One thing I'm finding with stubbies is they tend to distort the flavour if you drink them out of the glass?  Some brews I've done have been hard work, until I poured them and then bang, great.  I wonder if they need to 'air' like red wine.

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Oh and with the PET's, I use them until they're too filthy to clean or they've got visible damage.  Or if it's an older brew and it's gone flat, I chuck those as well

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1 hour ago, Beervis said:

Asahi's are my faves only issue is I have to drink what's in them before I can use them for my brews 😭 Squires work good, stone and wood, anything with a pop top.  I'm not brewing highly carbed beers though.  Tried that a couple times with the PET's and although it worked, they were way overcarbed and ruined the flavour.

PET's are fine but from much experimentation, 3/4's of the beers were no good after about 6-8 months.  Flat, DOA, some of them were overcarbed.  I would only recommend using PET's for simple beers you are gonna swill as soon as they hit 4 weeks in the bottle.  

One thing I'm finding with stubbies is they tend to distort the flavour if you drink them out of the glass?  Some brews I've done have been hard work, until I poured them and then bang, great.  I wonder if they need to 'air' like red wine.

By the time I drink my last PET of a 30 bottle batch it's 2 months old, so no chance of going flat.

The only thing I've found is they tend to overcarb if I use an extra half kg of LDM in a recipe (1.5 kg as against the usual 1 kg).

 

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@Beervis they taste different (usually worse) drinking straight from the bottle because you can't smell the aroma. That's pretty much the only reason, not because they're stubbies. I noticed the same when I took a few to a party one night, drank the first couple straight from the stubbies then found a glass and suddenly the beer tasted way better.

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That must be it.  I experimented with the same thing with a six pack of Cooper's Blue last night, noticed an improvement with it as well.  It's annoying because stubbies are so convenient and easy to keep cold.  Depends how much you value the contents I guess.  I've been making a lot of light, cheap, pissy beers lately and those go well drinking out of the bottle.

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38 minutes ago, jackgym said:

By the time I drink my last PET of a 30 bottle batch it's 2 months old, so no chance of going flat.

The only thing I've found is they tend to overcarb if I use an extra half kg of LDM in a recipe (1.5 kg as against the usual 1 kg).

 

This might explain some of the issues I've been having... brews that were fine at 4 weeks but start to overcarb after a few months.  I've been told it's the yeast breaking down residual and harder to ferment sugars, but it has only happened with brews that have more ingredients - like you say, an extra .5 of LDM or LDM plus a can of LME + spec grains, etc

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I also have a "system" that sees my recycling PETs. Ideally I discard three or four based on a few factors (including whether they look stressed at the bottom) each time I bottle, and when my box of discarded ones is full I buy a new box to replace them.

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