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Old 01-15-2007, 08:37 PM   #1
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There is no need to go out and buy new empty bottles is there? Would there be a problem in re-using bottle such as Bass or Sam Adams as long as they are the pop top kind right?

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Old 01-15-2007, 08:38 PM   #2
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Yup yup. That is what I do. Just clean them really well the first time, soak them to remove the labels and you are good to go! I refer to it as "playing my part saving the earth one homebrew at a time"

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Old 01-15-2007, 08:41 PM   #3
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Most of my bottles are old commercial bottles. Just clean then and sanitize them. rinse the bottles out as you empty them, this helps out a lot.

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Very nice! The standard cap sold at LHBS is right for the job as well?

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Yeah, all the caps at my LHBS are the same standard size. $1-$2 a bag.

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One thing a lot of people dont realize about non screw on cap commercial beer bottles is that there are 2 types. The multi use and the single use. The multi use bottles are a bit heavier and more sturdy and the single use are thinner and a bit weaker. Both work just fine BUT if you are trying to reuse the single use bottles be carefull so as you dont break the neck.

If you can find a store that sells cases of returnable beer bottles those would be your best bet. I normally get mine for $1.20 a case and all they need is some cleaning up.

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Good point Pumbaa. I forgot to mention screw-tops. I stay away from this type of bottle altogether.

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I use nothing but used bottles. Just switched from drinking cans to bottles for 6 months and now have about 15 cartons of them

...mine are nearly all screwtops but I am starting to collect (they are getting rarer) the non-screw tops for my beers that I am going to be storing for a while (barley wines - looking to keep for a couple of years, if not more).

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So you can use screw tops, huh? Cool, I thought you had to use pop tops only.

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So you can use screw tops, huh? Cool, I thought you had to use pop tops only.
Some people do, some people don't. I have not had a problem with them but I may just have been lucky. The two probs people are talking about are the necks not being as thick and liable to break (never happened to me) and the seal not being as airtight as the non-screw.
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