Best Beer Bottles for Your HomebrewBGR — Tim Kohut
There are two types of beer drinkers: those of the casual sort, and self-proclaimed “beer snobs,” who, at least according to them, have the ability to identify the number of hops in their cold one with one fell sniff. But the mark of a true beer connoisseur is whether or not they brew their own beer. It’s a common practice, sure, but not everyone is built to brew and bottle their own beer. But if you are, then kudos to you, but you’re still going to need a way to bottles your homebrew. Luckily, there are plenty of inexpensive beer bottles out there that make it easy to do just that. Considering you likely don’t own your own stable of professional bottling machinery, this will certainly come in handy. We took a look at some of the best beer bottles for your own personal homebrew setup, so you’ll be able to stock up on your beloved concoction. They say don’t get high on your own supply, but this most definitely qualifies for an exception.
Best Beer Bottling Set
We’ll start out with the Mr. Beer Homebrewing 2 Gallon Deluxe Beer Bottling System, a great way to seal your bottles like the ones you find in a store. This set is particularly great for beginners who have never done it before, but it’s also just super convenient in general. This set should be owned by any homebrewer out there. It comes with 12 reusable 1/2 liter plastic PET bottles, corresponding caps, and for those who don’t want to see their beer bottle “naked, Mr. Beer bottle labels. When capped, each bottle is totally sealed and leak-proof, thus preserving your beer until you decide to finally “crack open a cold one.” The full set can store up to two gallons of beer or cider, and each individual bottle is reusable and made of FDA-compliant, BPA-free plastics.
Best Flip Cap Beer Bottles
If you don’t care about sealing your bottles like a big wig beer distributor, then you can always opt for a flip cap bottle like these 16 oz Amber Glass Beer Bottles for Home Brewing 12 Pack with Flip Caps from Ilyapa. Each 16 oz bottle contains an easy-to-seal flip cap that forms a tight, unbreakable seal that’s far more convenient than the traditional “capping” process. If you have reservations, well, don’t, because these caps are totally leak-proof, which helps preserve the carbonation and/or fermentation of your homemade adult beverages. The full set comes with 12 bottles made of ultra-durable, thick amber glass, complete with a traditional amber coloring to help protect the flavor and consistency of your homebrew.
Best Value Pack
If you’re looking to buy in bulk — and at a great price — the Monster Brew Home Brewing Supp 5800 Beer Bottles-12 oz Amber Longneck-Case of 24 is 100% the way to go. This 24 pack of bottles is, in essence, like buying a case of beer — only you’re making the beer yourself. Each bottle can fill 12 oz of your favorite homebrew, and they contain a pop-top mouth that’s compatible with any capper and caps. Unfortunately, this means you have to buy your own separate capping system separately, but these bottles are certainly still worth it for the price. The amber glass bottles are a bit less durable than some other reusable beer bottles (after all, they’re essentially the same thing as a beer bottle you’ll find in the store), but you’ll definitely love putting your homebrew in these very recognizable bottles.
Most Versatile Beer Bottles
For something a little more versatile — meaning you can also use it to bottle things that, you know, aren’t beer, this Home Brewing Glass Beer Bottle with Easy Wire Swing Cap & Airtight Rubber Seal by Chef’s Star is a great option. These eco-friendly, amber beer bottles are ultra-durable and reusable. They’re great for not only tightly sealing your beer, but as a means to store various other liquids and beverages, ranging from water, tea, liquor, sauces, vinegar, oil, etc. This pack of 12 airtight bottles all seal with a plastic gasket lid and a wire bale that provide you with a hermetic seal and leak-proof enclosure. Each stopper opens and closes easily, allowing you easy access to whatever it is you choose to store (our vote is beer).
Best Clear Glass Bottles
You could also go the clear glass option route, which some beer drinkers prefer (especially if you’re a stickler on cleanliness). In this case, go with the Otis Classic Swing Top Glass Bottles with Lids. These reusable bottles are great for beer, but like the aforementioned bottles from Easy Wire, they can be used for a variety of other beverages and liquids in general, such as beer, liquor, kombucha, limoncello, water, oils, and more. This set of six bottles also comes with 204 stainless steel and durable plastic caps, which allow for easy seal/re-sealing, allowing you to use these bottles over and over again. They’re leak-proof, secure, toxin-free, and perhaps, best of all, dishwasher-friendly, making cleanup time a breeze after each use.