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From: hplabs!uiucdcs!iwtsf!korz (Algis R Korzonas +1 312 979 8583)
Subject: bottle color
Date: 1989-01-26 16:56:44 GMT

Since we're talking about bottles, I thought I might bring
up a few questions about bottle color. I've been using only
brown bottles (actually, only bar longnecks which I buy
empty, from a bar - including wire frame cases). The
reason I've been staying away from green bottles and
(God forbid) clear bottles is because I thought I might
have a tendancy to worry about my beer being oxidized
by light. I've had little reason to change my methods
except for the fact that I've recently started brewing
less often - mostly because I HATE BOTTLING. I would
change to kegging, but I don't have the room for a second
fridge at this time. The next best thing is to use larger
bottles. In digest#58, Mike Meyer mentioned the JUMBO
Beck's bottles and I like the idea, but I don't want to
worry about the light.

Here's what I think, and I welcome the more educated to
put me in my place:
I believe that it's UV that causes anything to oxidize
faster. I felt more safe using brown bottles because
brown seems to be further away from the violet end of
the spectrum than green and because the brown bottles
are darker. On the other hand, doesn't UV have a hard
time getting through regular glass and UV lights are
made of quartz (or something like that)?

Am I fostering a valid concern or is the difference
so small as to be negligible?

Al.

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