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Old 10-16-2009, 06:23 PM   #1
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I am looking for some glass bottles but not sure which kind i should get or from were for that matter. I will be ordering online since there isnt a Brew store within 100 miles of me *U.P. of michigan...*

which type or size would you guys recommend, i will also be ordering a capping machine as well.

using a mr beer kit so only need enough bottles for 2gallons of beer, but i will be upgrading to 5gallons batches soon, probably in the winter.

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Old 10-16-2009, 06:38 PM   #2
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Any pop-top/pry off (not screw off) type beer bottles work. I would suggest you go buy a case of your favorite beer that comes in nice brown bottles that are pry-off. Save on shipping, plus they come with beer inside. Bonus!

Also, I really like my bench capper. Several friends borrowed it once to try it out, and subsequently went out and bought their own. Personal opinion - spend the extra 20 or whatever on the bench capper.

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Old 10-16-2009, 06:42 PM   #3
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I love my bench capper. It will cap twist offs, no problem. I broke a few bottle necks with the wing capper that came in my kit.

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Old 10-17-2009, 04:38 AM   #4
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Any pop-top/pry off (not screw off) type beer bottles work. I would suggest you go buy a case of your favorite beer that comes in nice brown bottles that are pry-off. Save on shipping, plus they come with beer inside. Bonus!

Also, I really like my bench capper. Several friends borrowed it once to try it out, and subsequently went out and bought their own. Personal opinion - spend the extra 20 or whatever on the bench capper.

I was thinking the same thing.
Buying empty bottles?
...use old beer bottles.
...and drink the beer!
And I love my 'bench capper' too.


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Old 10-17-2009, 02:48 PM   #5
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Where are you? I have some bottles you can have.

Or, buy a case of Sam Adams or even Grolsch. Those bottles are great for reusing! The Grolsch especially- you don't even need a capper. You can just reclose the ceramic caps. It's nice to buy extra rubber grommets for the lids, though, if you can.

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Old 10-17-2009, 05:20 PM   #6
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Costco has half liter flip tops (Grolsch style but brown) for $24.99 including shipping plus you get 60 carbonation drops.

I was paying $3.49 to $3.99 for a half liter of Schwarzbier, Helles, Dunkel, Hefe-Weizen, or Doppelbock. I was ok with the beers, but I grew tired of inconsistency of the Helles and Hefe-Weizen, the darker beers handled the transit from Bavaria better, and I am more of an Export / Pils guy anyway.

Cost analysis of Costco / Brewcraft: $24.99 / 12 = 2.08
Half liter can of Bitburger: $1.25 + .05 deposit
Total = $3.38 ( i never take cans or six packs back, only cases, so the nickel is lost)
Carbonation drops are around a nickel each, so $3.33 is fair as well.

For me it makes sense to buy the bottles this way. I want the half liter and not 12oz. size since I have fewer to fill this way. I do not want to deal with a capper and caps and throwing away caps.

If you do not have or do not know someone with a Costco membership willing to order for you, be careful buying online from ebayers or stores with high shipping costs.
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Where are you? I have some bottles you can have.

Or, buy a case of Sam Adams or even Grolsch. Those bottles are great for reusing! The Grolsch especially- you don't even need a capper. You can just reclose the ceramic caps. It's nice to buy extra rubber grommets for the lids, though, if you can.
Da soo

im going to look for some Grolsch, i have a huge Grolsch bottle in my basement like a 2-3 foot tall bottle would be fun to fill lol, but if i cant find any on the states side there's always canada
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Old 10-17-2009, 10:44 PM   #8
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well i did a little digging in my basement and found 2 1.5L swing top grolsch bottles and 7 of the smaller 16oz bottles that i had brought home from montreal. unable to find the huge 2-3 footer but i think these bottles should be enough for 2 gallons of beer.

now all i need to do is find some gaskets for the 1.5L and for the smaller bottles

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