Happy HolidaySs Giveaway - Winners Re-Re-Re-Re-Drawn - 24 hours to Claim!

Get your HBT Growlers, Shirts and Membership before the Rush!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Equipment/Sanitation > Tip on Good, Cheap Bottles
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 09-23-2005, 03:24 AM   #1
SteveM
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Philadelphia area
Posts: 1,565
Liked 9 Times on 9 Posts
Likes Given: 90

Default Tip on Good, Cheap Bottles

This is probably old news to most but it had not occurred to me before tonight.

I was going to buy another case or 24 bottles so I could cut down on the intervals between brews. They were almost ten bucks for a case - for empties!

I decided I would spring for a case of a nice premium and simply reclaim the bottles left over (I bought a case of Stoudt's Red Ale - no screw top, brown bottles and a great beer). I was chatting with the guy who runs the beer distributor (I still shop there - my wife's Coors Light, plus some other party cases sometimes). He could not believe that a case of empties would be so much. He told me that he still sells some cases of returnable bottles, including Stegmeiers Lager (from Lion Brewing in Scranton, PA. He said the deposit is a buck and a half a case and he didn't care whether he sold the cases back to the distributor or to me. There is also, of course, one of those old school battleship beer boxes that are made to be reused many times.

I would be a bit afraid of the Steggie's (imagine what you get for fifteen bucks a case for 24 pint bottles) but I would not mind buying a case of pint brown empties plus a box for a buck and a half.

If you need nice tough, cheap empties there may be nothing better.

__________________
SteveM is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-23-2005, 03:46 AM   #2
Rhoobarb
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Rhoobarb's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Sugar Hill, GA
Posts: 3,573
Liked 17 Times on 12 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

You used to be able to find plenty of non-screw-top returnables in every liquor store, and cheap. But these days, in our disposable world, they are getting scarce. You've made a great find.

__________________
Rhoobarb is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-23-2005, 04:06 PM   #3
Gloworm
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Nantwich, Cheshire, England
Posts: 20
Default

What about free empty champagne bottles with crown caps to fit?

__________________
Gloworm is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-23-2005, 04:09 PM   #4
Walker
I use secondaries. :p
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Walker's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Cary, NC
Posts: 11,236
Liked 89 Times on 79 Posts
Likes Given: 11

Default

Yeah, champagne botles rock! I only have a couple of them, but they sure are sturdy little buggers and are perfect for splitting a homebrew with a couple people.

-walker

__________________
Ground Fault Brewing Co.
Walker is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-23-2005, 07:23 PM   #5
Rhoobarb
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Rhoobarb's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Sugar Hill, GA
Posts: 3,573
Liked 17 Times on 12 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

I never thought of champagne bottles! Can you use typical crown caps and a capper on them?

__________________
Rhoobarb is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-23-2005, 07:28 PM   #6
Walker
I use secondaries. :p
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Walker's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Cary, NC
Posts: 11,236
Liked 89 Times on 79 Posts
Likes Given: 11

Default

yes you can.

__________________
Ground Fault Brewing Co.
Walker is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-23-2005, 08:22 PM   #7
ryser2k
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Schuylkill Haven, PA
Posts: 467
Liked 3 Times on 2 Posts

Default

Yuengling stills makes and sells their premium beer in those "battleship" cases... I see it around here all the time...

__________________
On Deck: Kolsch
Bottled: Apfelwein!
ryser2k is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-23-2005, 10:58 PM   #8
OtherWhiteMeat
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Rochester, MN
Posts: 173
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Man, I thought this was common knowledge, i got about 15 cases of returnables in my basment. They sell them for $1.20 a case here. I soaked them all in bleach water and all the labels come off clean, and I love the old school boxes.

__________________

Still a newb, but im brewin' myself through it!

Up next:
Primary:
Bottled: Franziskaner Hefeweizen
Bottled: Light American Pale Ale
Bottled: Newcastle clone
Bottled: Light Honey Ale
Bottled: Apple Cider (Tastes more like sweet wine)
Bottled: Apricot Ale(finished)

OtherWhiteMeat is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-24-2005, 05:43 AM   #9
Dude
Will work for beer
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Dude's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Knob Noster, Missouri
Posts: 8,843
Liked 58 Times on 48 Posts
Likes Given: 6

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Walker
perfect for splitting a homebrew with a couple people.
For sharing homebrew, I use 2 liter soda bottles. You can force carb them with a carbonator cap or even naturally carb them up. It takes a ton of work out of bottling cause you can get a half gallon of beer in one. Plus they don't break.
I've even carried 2 of them on a plane.
__________________
On Tap: Lake Walk Pale Ale -- Eternity (Raspberry Stout) -- Nutrocker -- Donnybrook Dark
Primary: Lake Walk Pale Ale
Secondary: Summit IPA
Up Next: Smoked Porter -- Pub Ale -- Watermelon Wheat
Planning:
Gone But Not Forgotten:

www.IronOrrBrewery.com
Dude is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-25-2005, 04:34 PM   #10
homebrewer_99
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
homebrewer_99's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Atkinson (near the Quad Cities), IL
Posts: 17,951
Liked 89 Times on 77 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

I know I've mentioned this before, but a GREAT source of FREE Champagne bottles are wedding receptions!

Also, with New Years parties coming soon you can go to some of your local hotels and arrange to pick up cases of empties from them on NY's day.

__________________
HB Bill
homebrewer_99 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cheap Bottles jmp138 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 19 01-03-2009 05:44 PM
Cheap Co2 bottles? BeerAg Bottling/Kegging 6 05-02-2008 06:15 PM
Good corker, good bottles, good corks ? Gabe Bottling/Kegging 2 02-19-2008 11:16 PM
ANYONE know where to get BOTTLES CHEAP? massappeal120 Bottling/Kegging 25 12-04-2007 04:52 PM
Cheap Bottles Adolphus79 Bottling/Kegging 7 08-06-2007 03:07 AM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS