Beer Bottles and Growlers

Beer Bottles and Growlers

What is the difference between beer bottles and growlers? Most beer bottles are dark-coloured glass or PET; they are used for storing beer and are considered single-serving vessels. The majority of homebrew growlers are made from stainless steel (although glass is growing in popularity) and used for transporting, sharing or serving your beer.

Why are dark-coloured beer bottles used to preserve beer? Studies have shown that when you expose beer to sunlight, the light breaks the alpha acids found in hops that, in turn, react to the sulphur found in beer, resulting in a peculiar smell that resembles the stench of being sprayed by a skunk. Coloured beer bottles and growlers filter out the UV and visible lights that can cause this chemical reaction. Even if you say that you handle your beer correctly and store it in a dark place, you cannot tell how much exposure the bottle will get in its lifespan. Occasionally green coloured bottles are used, but they are not as effective in filtering light compared with the brown bottles.

While coloured and stainless steel bottles and growlers will keep beer fresh and good-tasting, there are some disadvantages. One of the obstacles when using dark-coloured bottles is that it can be challenging to inspect the beer for any defects or even foreign matter floating in it.

New to this category is the 'Mini Kegs'. You can use them the same as you do your growlers, with one big difference. You can also dispense from these 'Mini Kegs' using the Stainless Steel "Mini-Keg" Ball Lock Lid.

**It should also be noted that light does affect the brewing process. Once you have started your fermenting, you should expose your brew to as little light as possible, that is until it is being poured from a bottle or dispensed from a keg.

Homebrew Kegging & Dispensing