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Bottle Storage ?

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by Crossy, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. Crossy

    Crossy Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2013


    Where do you guys all store your bottles ?

    Milk Crates ?
    Wine Bottle Crates ?
  2. jncastillo87

    jncastillo87 Aficionado (240) Texas Jan 27, 2013

    sierrra nevada 12 pack boxes stacked in a closet
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  3. psnydez86

    psnydez86 Savant (445) Pennsylvania Jan 4, 2012 Verified

    In a dedicated beer fridge to keep beers fresh/ not stale. Once there is no room in that fridge I have a party. I also "cellar" my higher gravity stouts/barley wines/strong ales in the basement at ambient temp.
  4. A cooler
  5. Mattreinitz

    Mattreinitz Zealot (80) New York Mar 1, 2012

    There's a tower of 12 packs in the corner of my kitchen, the "leaning tower of homebrew"
  6. jbakajust1

    jbakajust1 Moderator (710) Oregon Aug 25, 2009 Staff Member Verified Subscriber

    In 6 packs put inside paper cases (the 10 ream Aspen paper cases or the 10 ream Staples cases), but I am looking for a non-cardboard storage option since I store empties until bottling day, wash, rinse, sanitize, fill, and put back into the boxes wet and they are starting to lose their strength. Thinking of building crates from plywood and then sealing them so no moisture can get into the wood. I have plastic crates that hold over a case worth of bottles that I can use as well.
  7. BumpkinBrewer

    BumpkinBrewer Savant (455) Massachusetts Jan 6, 2010 Verified

  8. epk

    epk Savant (360) New Jersey Jun 10, 2008 Verified

    Don't bottle often anymore, but recently I used a milk crate - works good! You can store at least a case in each and can use some cardboard or something for a more snug fit.

    Unfortunately, I have to give the milk crate back to my buddy... I'll have to procure some of my own for the future.

    In related note, I also need to come up with some sort of crate to better transport cornies.
  9. I put the bottles in the cardboard box they came in or in an empty twelve pack box. Then I store that in a closet under my stairs. I call it my "Harry Potter Homebrew House" (cause I'm a dork).
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  10. Crossy

    Crossy Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2013

  11. biglobo8971

    biglobo8971 Advocate (590) Minnesota May 6, 2010 Verified

  12. jbakajust1

    jbakajust1 Moderator (710) Oregon Aug 25, 2009 Staff Member Verified Subscriber

  13. ipas-for-life

    ipas-for-life Savant (435) Virginia Feb 28, 2012 Verified

    I bought my bottles so they came in cardboard boxes with inserts. I taped the bottom up with packing tape since I will be using them for awhile. I store them in my basement after they have carbed.
  14. I mostly cellar bombers so I keep the full case big beer bottle boxes when I get em.
    Keeps the bottles dark and protected also.
  15. pweis909

    pweis909 Champion (750) Wisconsin Aug 13, 2005 Verified

    in cardboard 6 pack holders. In warm, ambient room temperature during priming. In my fridge after priming. Before the 6 pack holders begin to get too ratty, I replace them to avoid losing an entire 6-pack to the bottles falling through the bottom.
  16. dfess1

    dfess1 Initiate (0) Pennsylvania May 20, 2003

  17. Any free and reasonably clean surface in my basement.
  18. mnstorm99

    mnstorm99 Advocate (535) Minnesota May 11, 2007

    I purchased 10 cases of returnable (Busch Light, Old Milwaukee...) bottles from my local store when I started brewing. I gave some away when I switched to kegs, but I still have four of those boxes (they are very strong boxes). For bombers, I have two twelve packs that they came in as well as one from a Darkness day a few years back, and a milk crate). Most of my cellar is commercial beers at this point, but I bottle most of my big stuff and specialty stuff. This all sits on a rack in my cellar, in the boxes.
  19. JrGtr

    JrGtr Savant (450) Massachusetts Apr 13, 2006 Verified

    Generalltly I grab bomber cases when I see them at the packie. I reuse the commercial ones, so those boxes work perfectly well. Use them for storing empties and full ones.