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Old 04-02-2011, 04:48 PM   #1
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Anyone know of any brewers that still use the returnable bottles that come in those nice, heavy duty cardboard boxes? Coors Light used to, Point up here in Wisconsin usedto. I have a hard time spending $13 for a case of empty bottles when I can spend alittle more & get full ones, even if the beer isn't homebrew. Any ideas besides kegging?

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Old 04-02-2011, 04:51 PM   #2
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Before I actually started brewing (but had the intention) and had not yet bought my equipment. I used to buy the Sam Adams 12 packs. Beer is pretty good and the bottles work great for re-using. The box is pretty sturdy and holds up well to storage and stacking.

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Old 04-02-2011, 04:52 PM   #3
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I just told my friends for every couple bottles they give me, they would get one back full. More bottles than I needed long before I needed them.

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Local bars, local recycling places, have your buddies at work save them. I was in serious need of bottles at one time, and less than a year later I gave over 3,000 bottles to my dad & my brewclub.

Sound slike yuh needd to start drinking sam adams & sierra nevada!

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Old 04-02-2011, 04:59 PM   #5
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I usually just drink cans of Coors light when I'm not drinking homebrew. Thanks for the info! I'll stop & get some Sam Adams today & I'll do my best to empty it. Making that deal with friends is a great idea! Thanks guys!

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If I purchase any bottles, they come with great beer in them. Any microbrew you can find, with few exceptions will be in capaable bottles, all you need to do is soak them in oxyclean and the labels will slip off.

Even some macro beers come in crown rather than twist off bottles. One of my favorite is Bud American Ale bottles, they have a unique shape, the beer is not as nasty as their other products and it's cheaper than most micros.

But there are plenty of options for homebrewers that don't cost anything.

It seems at first that accumulating bottles is difficult but if you mention around to people that you brew and need crown bottles they will start showing up. There's also craigslist, and freecycle.org, hooking up with other homebrewers, recycling centers. Asking at beerstores that have a good selection of beer for their returnables. Some stores will let you have their empties for the price of the deposit. And some bars will give you all you can haul out if you ask.

Also if you want to bottle in champagne bottles, go to a hall that does weddings, heck even a moose or vfw hall, you might just have to dumpster dive at worst, or just pick cases of empty asti bottles by the back door.

It seems daunting but you'll get plenty really fast. But in reality when you annouce you are homerbewing, they do come flying at you. I even had my building sooper years ago just use his key and leave me some on the dinning room table. He knew he'd get beer from me on a regular basis, especially if he was gonna do some work in my place.

As to flip tops, those work great, most Homebrewer's I know covet Grolsh bottles, even going so far as to maybe actually drinking that nasty stuff. You can get replacement gaskets for them when they start to wear out.....But you don't need to do that right away...Because if you are getting them "new" they've only been used once.

And as to heavy cardboard beer cases they are fading out. You can still find them for bud products (just go to your nearest beerstore and ask for them, they have them piled up in the store room.) But they are really overrated. The best storage I have found are milk crates. I stopped using cardboard boxes them years ago, a milk crate can hold the same amount of 12 ounce bottles (24) in half the space. Plus they stack nicely.

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