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pr0cess 05-29-2010 09:34 PM

Favorite Bottle to Recycle?
Just wondering what bottle people like to recycle? I really like Santa Fe Brewing Co. Pale Ale bottles because the lables come off in one piece after about a 2 hour soak in water. I also get some Deschutes Brewery bottles when they are on sale at the local store because the lables aren't too tough to remove (although they do leave glue lines that get scrubbed off) and they have a really pretty embossed (?) hop and vine design around the top of the bottle. So far those and some Grolsch swing tops have been the 'long term storage' or special occaision bottles with the SFBC bottles cycling through a little quicker.

Any other neat looking bottles or exceptionally easy to remove lables out there?


Cheeto 05-29-2010 09:36 PM

SNPA bottles, the labels fall off with a bit of warm water and they are a bit shorter than other bottles.

Prime 05-29-2010 09:43 PM

empty ones...

I'll second Deschute's though. I like those bottles.

944play 05-29-2010 09:51 PM

DFH Fort.
Big, heavy, brown, and takes a regular cap.

EDIT: Also Orval, but they're teeny.

storunner13 05-29-2010 10:02 PM

Santa Fe Pale Ale! I was just down in ABQ and tried some.

My favorite bottles are New Glarus. About 5 minutes in some hot water and they're floating....but you probably don't have any New Glarus in Santa Fe.

moxie 05-29-2010 10:12 PM

I like the flip top ones, but they seem to be few and far between.

I also really like those ceramic bottles that some breweries are using.


The labels on those seem to be screened on somehow, it'd be nice if you could get a white bottle like that with a removable label.

dougf 05-29-2010 10:35 PM

Sierra Nevada bottles for me. Labels come off super easy and I like the shape.

pr0cess 05-29-2010 10:56 PM

I have a Stone (I think) earthenware flip top like moxie's up there, I wonder if a quick go through a sand blaster would remove the paint without harming the integrity of the bottle?

snowveil 05-29-2010 11:36 PM


Originally Posted by 944play (Post 2086063)
DFH Fort.
Big, heavy, brown, and takes a regular cap.

EDIT: Also Orval, but they're teeny.

Those big bottles are awesome...I've got about 4 of them and they are great for taking up a bunch of a batch and cellaring.

I'm not too picky with which bottles I use....anything is fine! If a label is too difficult to remove it's off to the recycling bin with it.

As for the ceramic swing tops....I still have two Rogue XS ceramic swing tops that I just couldn't bring myself to toss out when I ditched my empty bottle collection (sad day that was...) and have been thinking about re-using them for homebrew.

smellysell 05-30-2010 01:29 AM

Starsan works well for getting the screen print off of bottles.

My favorite bottles are probably Martinellis.

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