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Old 08-24-2013, 02:29 PM   #1
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Default Need something better than cardboard for storing bottles...

I firmly believe in bottling. I would much rather let my yeast cells naturally carbonate their beers in the bottles than to let CO2 get forced upon them in a cold, heartless, steel keg.

Over the course of 3 years, I have collected 18 cardboard beer cases. Most of my bottles are your standard 12-oz American non-screw-top style. I am looking for something more durable and permanent to hold these bottles.

Are there any good 24-bottle, plastic caddies out there? Standard 12-oz "longneck" style bottle size will work.

Also, I have 96 Chimay bottles that require a similar home. This one's going to be tough, as even Chimay doesn't ship their cases with reusable 4-pack cardboard caddies. Chimay's beers are in proprietary 11-oz bottles. And, they are about the diameter of a standard soda can, but are substantially taller. I thought I might be able to use Mickey's malt liquor caddies, but they're too short.

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Old 08-24-2013, 02:44 PM   #2
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I think there are some plans for wooden ones in the DIY section

I get the flat cardboard bottoms and empty six pack holders to store mine currently
The liquor store keeps the six pack holders for folks to get and will give me the flats on request
They stack well as long as bottles are same height and are replaced easily as they wear out
I know that didn't answer your question but might help someone else

Happy brewing and if not too pricey I would be interested in something more durable as well

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Old 08-24-2013, 02:56 PM   #3
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I use "Sterile File Crate, Set of 6" from Walmart.

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Try a standard milk crate. I keep my empty bottles in them. They hold a lot and are stackable. They also double as a way to carry carboys. They are used by every grocery store. I don't know if they would sell them I you. I got mine from work. I'm sure Walmart sells something similar if you can't get your hands on any.

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I use "Sterile File Crate, Set of 6" from Walmart.
Here you go CPT:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Sterilite-...-of-6/14138976

How many fit?
Do they rattle a lot?

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I use "Sterile File Crate, Set of 6" from Walmart.
How many bottles do they hold? You use for empty and filled ?
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Here you go CPT:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Sterilite-...-of-6/14138976

How many fit?
Do they rattle a lot?

Thank You for the hint,
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They'll fit 30 longnecks or 20 22oz.
And they stack pretty well with the 12 oz.
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Thanks Sharona !

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These fit longnecks but probly not stubbys
http://www.williamsbrewing.com/PLAIN...-P3399C47.aspx

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I remember years and years ago, I worked for a grocery store. Want to say Miller High Life? Came in really nice heavy duty boxes. You would return the bottles and the box and recieve your "core" charge back. I wonder if you can get ahold of those kind of boxes anymore? Would hold 24 bottles I think, The top would fold open in half. Mostly the older folks would buy them.

They were always a little beat up but, they were built to last. I wouldn't mind having some of those for bottle storage!

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