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Old 08-21-2008, 07:55 PM   #1
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First bottling experience is coming up with the large hitch being that I don't currently own any beer bottles. I don't really think I can drink 2 cases of beer in the next week and I don't feel like buying empty bottles if I can avoid it (even if they do sell them). I have some 24oz soda bottles and could probably get some more from my parents if I had to. I might also be able to find one or two 40oz malt liquor bottles that my friends would have. Are these acceptable bottling containers? I guess my concern is what effect the carbonating would have. What about a bunch of mason jars?

I'll be leaving these in a dark place, of course, so I'm not so concerned with clear bottles.

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Old 08-21-2008, 08:27 PM   #2
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They do sell empty bottles. The soda bottles will work but probably not your best bet for long term storage. I have used them in the past and they seemed to work fine for me.

Dont know about the mason jars.

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Old 08-21-2008, 08:31 PM   #3
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We've all been there.

Give your beer more time in the fermenter. It will make the beer better and give you time to enjoy some craft beers.

Get on Craigslist or check with your local HB club.

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Don't feel like there is any rush to bottle. There isn't. So long as your beer is safely within your primary or secondary, the bottling process can wait until you've accumulated enough bottles. It won't hurt your beer to wait, and it will likely even help.

I wouldn't use anything but flip-tops or proper, crown-capped bottles. Hit up local bars & restaurants. Find the local recycling center, they will probably let you take what you need in exchange for the deposit value. Check Craig's List as well, I'm always seeing bottles offered for little to nothing.

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I go through the local recycling center. The guy there thinks its kinda strange but he doesn't seem to mind... its worth a shot.

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recycling center or craigslist. It is amazing the amount of stuff people have to give away on there if you just ask.

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Can you go to a local bar and get empties? You want the non-twist off bottles, like Sam Adams bottles, or even Corona bottles. (Digging out the limes is gross, though, so it's not my favorite). I've also gone dumpster diving at the recycling center, and they just laugh when I come in. Of course, I bring a few bottles of beer with me. The guys who fill my co2 tank like beer, also, so there's always a "little something" for them. Just a thought!

OR>>>>>>>> buy two cases of Sam Adams and have a big party. Then, you have bottles, and friends, too!

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You'd be surprised how much beer you can consume in the 2-4 weeks one leaves beer in a fermenter...It's a good excuse to try different craft brews to see what you like, or like yoop said you can have a bash with 2 cases of sam adams...

Also, you will be surprised at how many people will give you bottles once you put the word out you are homebrewing, especially if you promise to give them a few of your own..Friends, neighbors, coworkers... A lot of people put non-twist off beer, wine, champaign bottles, even flip tops aside for me...even grabbing any they me see on their travels.

But I can gaurentee that once you start homebrewing and get a few batches under your belt, you'll look back at this thread, and they idea that 2 cases of beer is a daunting task to put away, and laugh!

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Also, you will be surprised at how many people will give you bottles once you put the word out you are homebrewing, especially if you promise to give them a few of your own..
I have 27 empty 22's on my desk at work.
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I have 27 empty 22's on my desk at work.
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