One of the easiest beer bottles to use for your home-brewed beer is in my opinion the Grolsch Bottles. These world-famous swing-top beer bottles do not require any type of beer bottle caps or since the ceramic top in combination with the rubber gasket will seal your bottle perfectly.
Although there are more Grolsch bottle sizes most home brewers use the 16 OZ version and that is what we will focus on in this Grolsch bottles review. We will have a look at some 6-bottle packages to answer the question of where to buy Grolsch beer bottles and the more popular 12-bottle packages that are available.
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Here are our top 5 best Grolsch bottles for home brewing
We only look at products with a 4-star or more rating because we do not like to waste our or your time on products that do not perform well. The prices are all in about the same range so it is a personal choice what type to purchase.
After you have chosen your beer brewing kit and the beer is ready, filling bottles is the last step in the home beer brewing process it is very important to use a good quality bottle. This top 5 is in random order. You can click on the star ratings to read all the customer reviews for that particular bottle.
Chef’s Star Grolsch Beer Bottles Amber
We found over 500 reviews from people who took the time to write about their experience with this brand of beer bottle.
One of the things we could not confirm was if the cap was made of ceramic material or plastic. Some reviewers called it plastic and others ceramic. We contacted the manufacturer and their answer was that they are plastic.
One warning is that the caps are packed separately and some buyers thought they did not get them. They are in the box in between the bottles I read.
You have to install the caps yourself and some people thought it was hard to do, but most mentioned it was easy and the cap seals great.
The first time shutting the bottle seems to be a little hard and the seal needs to be made.
Chef’s Star Grolsch Bottles Clear
No particular reason these Chef’s star clear Grolsch style bottles are the second ones we review it was just in this order on our to-do list.
With over 870 reviews and a 4.4-star rating, we wondered what the difference is between the amber-colored and this clear glass type. we did not find any difference and do not understand why these are rated higher.
Many people use the bottle also for other liquids and I even read about someone using it for storing salad dressing.
Secure Swing Grolsch Beer Bottle With Ceramic Cap
This is the first bottle that we found that comes with a ceramic top and not the plastic one. Although we could not find too many differences in using one or the other, many people prefer ceramic caps for their Grolsch bottles.
For the brewers that like to try this type of flip-flop beer bottle first, they have a 2-pack available also. The regular package contains 6 bottles with caps and all are included.
EZ Cap Case Of 12 Grolsch Style Bottles
The cap is made of hard plastic and I have not read any complaints about that in the reviews. For the people who are like to know all the details, I found that the gaskets are latex and BPA-free. Always better of course. You can replace them with any other brand of cap if you like they are all the same size.
Although the metal hinges of the EZ cap bottles are not made of stainless steel I read that under normal use they do not rust.
North Mountain Grolsch Beer Bottles – Case Of 12
- Cobalt Blue
One note on the colors of these Grolsch swing top bottles is that the amber is a colored glass and the cobalt blue is a coated bottle and the caps are not attached to the bottle and you have to do that yourself. This is very easy to do and you can look at the video at the bottom for that.
They have a ceramic cap and a silicone gasket which should reduce leaking according to the manufacturer’s specifications.
What I like is that every bottle is individually wrapped in bubble plastic. Some other brands we reviewed mentioned a few times that the bottle came broken.
How To Put The Cap On The Grolsch Bottle The Correct Way
I read a few times that people had a hard time placing the cap on the bottle when it did not come pre-assembled like in many cases. Some people also had this problem when they had to replace the cap and wiring.
Here is a video that shows you the correct way of doing this.
More About Grolsch Beer Bottles For Home Brew
It is my personal experience that it can be very hard to use these ceramic or plastic caps on a beer bottle. I was scared to use too much force and break the bottle but I know now that that is almost impossible to do.
Just keep on pushing and it will pop on there. The gasket or seal can be a little hard and especially when you use it the first time this can be a little bit of a problem.
You can buy spare swing tops for bottles in case one will break. Although that is not very likely to happen.
For people who like to see how to open and close a Grolsch flip-top bottle, I found this video. Not the best quality but still okay for the purpose.
History of the Grolsch beer brewing and the cap
Grolsch was and still is brewed in Holland by the same company. It was founded in 1615 by Mr. Neerfeldt who sold it in 1850 to the family Groen. This family-owned the majority of ownership till 2007 when it became part of the SABMiller group in 2008 for the price of 816 million Euro.
The grolsch brewery received the title of “Koninklijk” which means royal in 1995.
For the market in the USA Grolsch features only four of its beers:
- Grolsch lager
- Grolsch Amber
- Grolsch Blond
- Grolsch Light
They brew 9 more specialty beers for the European market and 5 more for Asia and Australia.
I read that Grolsch beer is even considered Vegan-friendly and it contains 145 calories per 1 bottle serving.
Although what is called flip-top, bail, Grolsch, or even Quillfeldt stopper is not only used by the Grolsch beer brewer but also on many other types of bottles. It is most commonly known under this name because of its use by homebrewers all over the world.
This type of bottle cap eliminates the use of a bottle opener to open the bottle and the use of bottle caps and a bottle capping tool.
Don’t know if we can call these bottles a beer accessory or not but that is the category we placed it in.
It still is a very personal choice to use the Grolsch bottles for homebrew or any other type of beer bottle and it can also depend on the type of beer you are brewing.
There are also other uses for them and one of them is to use Grolsch bottles for Kombucha.
Eddie McVay is a passionate home brewer and an enthusiastic amateur connoisseur, He has been crafting his beers and wines for over a decade. His journey began with a simple home brewing kit and has since evolved into a deep understanding of the intricacies of brewing. With a knack for making complex brewing techniques accessible to beginners, his articles offer a blend of practical advice, DIY tips, and insights into the art of fermentation. Read more about Eddie Mcvay here.