I was bottling beer in the weekend (a nice Miner's Stout) when for the 50th time, the Steinlager bottle I was capping refused to cap as the grippy bit at the top of the bottle neck cracked.
You see, as the pressure of the bottle capper comes down, the glass simply gives way.
I suspect this is a time / use related issue. Over time, the pressure gets too strong for the glass and it simply breaks.
I've also had plenty of bottle necks completely snap too.
I'm sick of this shit.
So I dumped every green Steinlager bottle that I had into the recycling bin. About 30 of them, collected (and drank!) over the last few years.
But it's a real shame as the 750 ml Steinlager bottle is a really nice bottle to hold when pouring a beer into a glass. There's something really aesthetically pleasing about it too.
Don't get me wrong though, Steinlager is an excellent beer and one I would recommend to any discerning beer drinker.
So this got me thinking, what beer bottles are really good for using with home brew?
Well, for this brewer, a side effect of the rise in craft beer is that there's a plethora of bottles out there to choose from.
I found that most brown bottles from craft beers in New Zealand are able to be capped really quite well.
But you know what works the best?
750 ml Tui crate bottles.
That's right, the other classic NZ working man's beer has the best bottles for capping homebrew.
While I'm at it, I found a great source of getting bottles for home brew conditioning is by raiding the recycling bins of my neighbours!
Also, I'm still pretty happy about my discovery on how to easily remove beer bottle labels.