Beer Bottle Weight

  1. Random question: How much does a regular beer bottle (12 fl oz) weigh?

    I'm doing a physics project involving the weight of beer bottles, and I don't have a scale, balance, etc. :rolleyes:
     
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  3. turbo

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    Beer bottles are not uniform in weight, so you may have to generalize. The best bet is to buy a couple of cases of Beck's Dark, drink them all, load the bottles onto a bathroom scale and ask someone to divide that weight by 24, because you probably won't be able to do so.:yuck:
     
  4. Danger

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    It weighs 12 fl. oz... plus the glass.
     
  5. turbo

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    Dammit, Danger! How can I steal your badge when you're stalking me like this?

    P.S. You notice that I didn't recommend that he research the problem using Labatt's or Molsen - horse-p*ss only slightly less revolting than US domestic bottled dishwater. :yuck:
     
  6. brewnog

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    Hero....! :smile:
     
  7. Danger

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    Don't look at me like that; I thought that your post was funnier. Anyhow, I'm not in the running this year, so you'll be stealing someone else's. :tongue:

    And I drink Keith's. :tongue: :tongue:
     
  8. brewnog

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    Uhh, you drink Keith's what?
     
  9. Danger

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    And another one rears up out of the bog... :rolleyes:

    Alexander Keith's India Pale Ale.
     
  10. edward

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    If you don't have to be super accurate just take a bottle down to a grocery store produce department and weigh it. You could even ask a pharmacist to weigh it.

    If you live on the wrong side of town, go to a stash house and ask a friendly drug dealer to weigh it.:cool:
     
  11. russ_watters

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    If you'll be drinking them, I recommend Yeungling Lager. If you won't be drinking them (ie, you'll just be pouring them out before weighing them), any of the suggestions above will do fine.
     
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2006
  12. Gokul43201

    Gokul43201 11,141
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    Spoken like a true Pennsylvanian, eh!
     
  13. Gokul43201

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    Here's how you find out. Get two bottles of (budweiser/miller/coors) light beer (to approximate the density of the beer to that of water). Carefully empty one of the bottles into your sink (making sure you don't accidentally spill any drops into your mouth). Suspend the two bottles (one empty, one full) from the ends of a meter stick. find the balance point and from that, the ratio of the two masses. Plug in the mass of 12 oz of water, and you have the mass of the bottle.

    PS: A typical 12oz glass bottle weighs between 180g and 200g.
     
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2006
  14. Danger

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    The only proper approach, of course, would be to weigh yourself holding the full bottle, then drink the beer and weigh yourself holding the empty bottle.
    Hang on a sec... there's something wrong with that.
     
  15. Moonbear

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    Yep, forgot to tell him to pee first. :approve:

    Or...he could find a mentor who is over 21, has a 12 oz bottle of beer in the fridge, and a kitchen scale willing to weigh it.

    I'm tempted to hold out for the chocolate bribe, but since my kitchen scale is only accurate to within 25 g, I guess I should just suggest a donation after the fact.

    It was between 325 and 350 g. (That would be Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.; I highly recommend it. :approve:)
     
  16. Danger

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    That would be counter-productive; it would give a negative value. Beer is the only substance on the planet that is known to violate the laws of thermodynamics... 5 go in, 6 come out.
     
  17. russ_watters

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    ... and 4 stay permanently attached to your gut!
     
  18. my approach to get a truly representaive average mass of a beer bottle would be to conduct a sampling of the population of all possialbe beer bottles my sample would try to include something like :

    2 us domestic beers
    2 us micro brews
    2 european brews
    2 asian brews

    mass all bottles full... drink... then mass all bottles empty and devide by eight..... this should give a good estimate of the mean beer bottle mass...... fun experiment though
     
  19. BobG

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    You forgot to mention you have to do this once in the US or Europe and once in Australia. That way you can determine whether the room spins in the same direction in both hemispheres, as well as gather more samples.
     
  20. Danger

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    Yeah, I forgot about that part. Wasn't a problem until I hit 40 or so, then 'poof'... a rack full of obsolete belts. :grumpy:
     
  21. turbo

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    Well, then you need to drink fewer bottles of beer per day. If you come to Maine, we'll go to the local micro-brewery and pick up four growlers of great Oak Pond Brewery ales. http://oakpondbrewery.com/
    The growlers are 1/2 gallon each, but with this method we can probably get you cut back to only two bottles a day.
     
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