Why You Should Use oxygen Barrier Bottles
When it comes to what kind of bottles you should use for your homebrew it is always a widely debated topic. Plastic vs. Glass, Swing Top vs Pry-Off, 12oz vs 24oz, etc. Combining the best of all these bottles into one bottle would be awesome right? Well, have you heard about our 740-ml Oxygen Barrier Bottles?
They are pretty darn cool.
They have all the features you could want in a bottle. They offer the benefits of plastic, so they are reusable, easy to clean and they are shatterproof. So, you don’t have to worry about if you have had a few and you drop one it won't break, or if you over prime your bottles then you get a bottle bomb (not fun). With these, they won't shatter so your good either way. You can also perform the squeeze test. Once your bottles are rock hard then they are fully carbonated, you can’t do that with glass.
Now, what makes these bottles better is they are double-walled, with an oxygen barrier. This helps protect the beer from oxygen getting in and making your beer go bad. When oxygen gets into your beer, oxidation occurs. This degrades your beer in aroma and flavor often leaving an off-flavor, thus making your beer not enjoyable. It also helps make the bottles more durable so they can last longer.
Some perks when using these bottles are that you can store your beer longer. So, if you are brewing some big stouts or just a big beer you can age it in these bottles, and it will stay fresh for longer. I would highly recommend if you are going to age your beer for 5+ months then you will want to use these bottles. It will make all the difference!
With these bottles, you will want to replace your caps after time. This is also true for all bottles. With swing top bottles you must replace your gaskets over time and with the pry-off bottles you use a new cap each time you bottle.
It’s hard to say exactly when you should replace your caps. It depends on often you use them, how they are stored and how well they are cleaned and just taken care of. Sometimes they can last year’s other times it’s after 5 brews. If I had to put a number on it, I would say that if your 12-15 brews in using the same caps then it might be time to replace them. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when brewing.
To sum this all up, if you’re going to be storing big brews for a while then you will want to use our oxygen barrier bottles. They are safer than glass with all the benefits. They rule.