Brewing Bottles

Since the beginning of production of brewing a dilemma has always occurred in how to store the finished products. Many different containers were sought after and found, with one primary one being brewing bottles.

The history of bottles is integral in describing the present existence of brewing bottles. An Englishman named Hiram Codd from south east London has widely been credited with the first bottle specifically designed and patented for carbonated drinks in 1872. This Englishman created the foundation for the modern bottle, the evidence of which still exists today. The primary feature of this bottle is that the seal took place in the neck of the bottle. There was a piece of marble that was pushed against a rubber washer in the neck that sealed it from the atmosphere. The shape of the bottle was such that when standing, the marble fell down the neck to a pinched off portion of glass where the marble formed a seal with the rubber washer. However, when it was titled, the marble feel up the neck as the bottle became horizontal and permitted the previously sealed carbonated liquid to flow. This created a gravity based seal system that formed the predecessor to the present edition of brewing bottles.

Brewing bottles have been adapted since the late nineteenth century to be more easily produced without the use of a quarry for the spherical marble, although high quality editions of Codd’s original bottle still exist. Modern bottles have a screw-on lid that connects with a glass bottle and an inner rubber or plastic seal, creating a solid airtight connection enabling the bottle to retain carbon dioxide for some time. The bottles used nowadays come in a wide variety of sizes which are measured using the standard American system and the internationally recognized metric system, although both uses measurements of volume in determining the specific size of brewing bottles.

A few sizes commonly sold of which the 12 oz is one of the more popular. These are produced in mass for large scale beer bottles and soda companies on an international scale. However, for small scale in home producers, they are produced without labels and markings enabling a home brewer to bottle his or her own beers. This is advantageous in the potential retention of a carbonated beverage. If you leave a beer or other carbonated beverage out in the open to the mercies of the atmosphere, the carbon dioxide will slowly escape from the beverage removing all possibility of foam and other desirable traits found in a “fresh” beverage. Therefore, several bottling options are considered when choosing how to save and retain a home beer, and brewing bottles are one popular choice. Most of the time in order to screw the lid on to an airtight seal, a mechanism is in order to fully place the lid on glass bottle. These are generally inexpensive by comparison to the rest of the supplies necessary in order to produce and bottle beers or other beverages from home, however they could become expensive if customizations are made to the original mechanism, depictions or the like.

By and large, brewing bottles are a fairly inexpensive and more portable version of storing a brew made form the home in comparison to the larger and more unwieldy kegs which optimally require spigots, pressurization, and safe cooled storage.