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Shamus Mcoi
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Post Number: 9
Registered: 08-2005
Posted on Thursday, August 04, 2005 - 07:25 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Wondering if anybody else reused Grolsch bottles for bottling their own beer? They seem very appealing since for the price you also get to drink the beer. :D

Also, does running them, or other similiar bottles through the dishwasher damage the seal on them? I'm guessing the heat might be a bad thing, but not sure.

(Message edited by shamus on August 04, 2005)
 

Craig Henry
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Posted on Thursday, August 04, 2005 - 08:06 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have used them. I would recommend the brown bottles due to possible skunking with the green when exposed to UV light. Both work though.

I wouldn't use the dishwasher due to rapid aging of the seal and damage to the stopper and its mechism from heat and detergent. Just my opinion.
 

Vance Barnes
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Posted on Thursday, August 04, 2005 - 08:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I've used them in the past with OK results. You can take the seal off before you run them through the dishwasher to be safe. Some keg lube will extend the washer life and you can buy replacement washers.

The only 2 negatives I know about them are that they're green (skunky beer)and they aren't accepted at competitions.
 

Denny Conn
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Posted on Thursday, August 04, 2005 - 08:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I was given a wooden case full of brown 1 pint Grolsch bottles. Beautiful cast iron hinges on the wooden case, too. I cleaned 'em up, bought new seals for 'em, and use them frequently.
LIfe begins at 60...1.060, that is.
 

Dave Bossie
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Post Number: 84
Registered: 05-2005
Posted on Thursday, August 04, 2005 - 08:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I also use the Grolsch bottles, and Fischer brown bottles which are 22oz. I usually just rinse well with hot water right after pouring, and drain well. Then when I need to bottle a brew or 2, I sanitize and fill. I also bought some white gaskets which work well. By the way, if you haven't tried Grolsch Amber (in clear bottles...so pick from a dark area!), it's a great session beer. Dare I say it's like the less assertive Alts? Indeed I do!
Dave
 

Bob Boufford
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Posted on Friday, August 05, 2005 - 12:21 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If you can get the EZ-Cap 500 ml flip-top brown bottles, go for it. I've been getting rid of most other types of bottles. When bottling I only do a dozen 341 ml (12 oz) for competition and the rest go in the flip-tops. I'm fortunate the local microbrewer does seasonal beers in EZ-Caps and the manufacturer is in the province.

At least with the EZ-Caps, the cap and seal can be taken off for cleaning and sanitizing then put back on for bottling.

Bob
 

Steve Pierson
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Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Friday, August 05, 2005 - 12:56 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have used the green Grolsch bottles several times. They work great - I store them in boxes to keep them out of the light. Take the gaskets off before placing the bottles in the dishwasher. Sanitize the gaskets in some iodophor or Star-San before bottling - you'll be good to go.
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Nick Zeigler
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Registered: 09-2003
Posted on Friday, August 05, 2005 - 02:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By far my favorite means of bottling. I had 125 before I moved from NY. So sad to see them go...