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Old 11-01-2011, 05:29 PM   #1
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Default Recycling Bottles?

I thought of this idea AFTER I bought a case of empty 12 oz. beer bottles from the LHBS store, but I thought of washing and sanitizing some 12 oz. brown beer bottles (NOT twist-off style) I haven't taken to the recycling center yet and use these for bottling my cider. I removed the labels and rinsed out about 3 dozen Bells Beer bottles, which are literally the exact same bottle as the empty bottles I bought...anyone here have experience with using used beer bottles?I hope I didn't waste my time!

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Old 11-01-2011, 05:40 PM   #2
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Yea. I only bottled one batch the rest I legged (i still have all my bottles though) and all my bottles about 150 or more were never bought from the lhbs. Theres a lot of people who reuse bottles. In ny opinion the bottles at the lhbs are over priced. The only thing with using old bottles is some of the labels are a PITA to get off.

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Old 11-01-2011, 05:40 PM   #3
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I use and reuse all beer bottles except twist offs

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Old 11-01-2011, 05:42 PM   #4
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That's pretty much what most people do. It's glass... not like it's gonna get old.

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Old 11-01-2011, 05:44 PM   #5
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I've never purchased empty bottles! Not when you can buy Sam Adams (great bottles to reuse!) for the just a bit more than the empty bottles. DogFishHead beers have labels that come off easily, so that's another good one.

It's sad when you purchase beer based on how easy the labels come off for reusing!

If you really want something cool for your cider, buy a case of Grolsch with the ceramic swingtops. The beer is ok at best, but the bottles are awesome!

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I've never purchased empty bottles! Not when you can buy Sam Adams (great bottles to reuse!) for the just a bit more than the empty bottles. DogFishHead beers have labels that come off easily, so that's another good one.

It's sad when you purchase beer based on how easy the labels come off for reusing!

If you really want something cool for your cider, buy a case of Grolsch with the ceramic swingtops. The beer is ok at best, but the bottles are awesome!
Grolsch with the ceramic swingtops - I LOVE that idea!!! I think I'll be picking some up soon!

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It's sad when you purchase beer based on how easy the labels come off for reusing!

This. As much as I love Oskar Blues Old Chub, it takes me a good amount of convincing myself to just buy the damn cans for the good beer. It's not easy buying commercial beer knowing I can't reuse the bottles..
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Soft drinks and Beer was sold in returnable bottles until sometime in the late 1970's.

The bottling companies would take the returnables back, wash them and then wash again with lye water, then rinse. All of this was done with the bottle upside down on a washing conveyor.

Then the bottle was refilled. You haven't had good commercial drink until you have had one that has been bottled and kept under refridgeration until drank.

If you an find you some old soft drink or beer bottles, don't let them out of your control.

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Old 11-01-2011, 07:40 PM   #9
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More than half of my bottles were originally filled with some type of beer from the New Glarus Brewing Company, of New Glarus, WI. My daughter lives near there, and often brings a sixer...and sometimes a twelve-pack...when she visits the 'rents.

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Because we have a returnable law here in Michigan ... my friendly, neighborhood beer store sells me "empties" that people have returned for what they paid for them ... .10cents apiece ... regardless of brand, size or style.

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