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Old 05-03-2008, 03:16 AM   #1
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Default Favorite Beer you buy to save the bottles?

I've been buying Dos Equis Amber because it's OK for drinking, and I get to keep and re-use the bottles for my homebrew. I have a problem spending $15 at my LHBS for 24 empties when I can spend $12 and get 12 fulls. Most of my beer purchases are based on whether I can re-use the bottles or not. My main exception is Shiner, which is a local brew for me (I feel the need to support Texan brews). What types do you guys buy with an eye on keeping the bottles when you're finished?

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Old 05-03-2008, 03:28 AM   #2
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I've had problems with the Dos Equis bottles in the past. I love using the Sierra Nevada bottles, especially if I'm buying the Celebration Ale or Harvest Ale.

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what types of problems have you had with XX bottles? I'm only on my 3rd batch (due to a refrigerator accident that lost my 2nd 2 batches) but I've never noticed a problem with their bottles. I also like to buy quart bottles of Tecate/Carta Blanca. One of these days I'm going to brew a malt liquor and bottle it only in quart bottles.

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I find Sam Adams easy to re-use. The labels come off easily and they re-cap well.

But they do have the "Sam Adams" imprinted on the glass. Dosen't bother me.

They are cheap (relatively) too.

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what types of problems have you had with XX bottles? I'm only on my 3rd batch (due to a refrigerator accident that lost my 2nd 2 batches) but I've never noticed a problem with their bottles. I also like to buy quart bottles of Tecate/Carta Blanca. One of these days I'm going to brew a malt liquor and bottle it only in quart bottles.
For some reason I couldn't get the butterfly capper to get me a good seal. That was a while ago though, I don't bottle much anymore.
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Anchor bottles rule and have no printing. Pinkus bottles are cool too. Tonight I got an awesome bottle (a Deus Brut des Flandres). I don't bottle either but like having some nice ones around for the occasional traveling homebrew.

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Most of my bottles are Deschutes or Bridgeport - the Bridgeport are my favorite, they have a sloped neck which allow a very nice pour. Although I have been buying quite a few 22oz bottles of most anything that catches my eye - they are nice for bottling.

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The best bottles that I have come across in my travels are Hobgoblin 12 oz. bottles. They are a little hard to find, and a bit spendy, but its good beer and the bottles are thick with no imprints.

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Old 05-03-2008, 04:24 AM   #9
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I personally like Rogue and Sweetwater bottles. The Sweetwater labels come off easily, and the Rogues are a little thicker than most. Don't know how far reaching the Sweetwaters are though, I'm only about an hour from Atlanta.

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Old 05-03-2008, 04:25 AM   #10
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I don't drink them....but I get LOADS of Coors Light Bottles. They are free, they have NO marking on them, and I don't care if friends don't give them back. I had to spend $50 on a bench capper, but I have 40 cases of bottles in the basement that didn't cost a dime.

Now I need to figure out who has wine bottles......

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