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Old 09-05-2012, 06:15 AM   #1
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I found a restaurant willing to give me their bottles, and they say they have 1200 available every weekend. I think they dump it otherwise. I could basically get 1200 bottles every week indefinitely if I wanted to, but that would be ridiculous because I wouldn't know what to do with them. Ideas? I'm talking about beer bottles by the way, not sure what kind of beer but probably bud light or something.

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Old 09-05-2012, 06:22 AM   #2
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Can you refermant in that type of bottles?
I know the USA brewers almost only use kegs and taps, while over here it is almost the opposit.
I think I have about 30 to 40 crates (24 bottles each crate) plus 40 champagne bottles.
If I would be able to get 1000 bottles in one time, I would be glad If they hyave that amount every weekend, chanses are the bottles are quite clean

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Old 09-05-2012, 06:32 AM   #3
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I'd get pretty picky at that level. I would definitely want any good heavy champagne bottles, and 22's, but only the nicest 12's - anchor steam, Sierra nevada, etc. I wouldn't take any twist offs.

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Old 09-05-2012, 06:40 AM   #4
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I found a restaurant willing to give me their bottles, and they say they have 1200 available every weekend. I think they dump it otherwise. I could basically get 1200 bottles every week indefinately if I wanted to, but that would be ridiculous because I wouldn't know what to do with them. Ideas? I'm talking about beer bottles by the way, not sure what kind of beer but probably bud light or something.
I hope by "dump" you mean "recycle". Otherwise, that place is burying us all alive!
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Old 09-05-2012, 06:45 AM   #5
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My understanding is the twist off bottles don't seal right when you try to reuse them...might be worth steering clear of them.

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Old 09-05-2012, 06:58 AM   #6
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I dont think they recycle, haha. Oh well?

But I guess I would have to sort them out when I get home. No twist offs basically. I'm really glad I have access to free bottles though because my LHBS are selling them for around a dollar each I think. That's pretty pricey.

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Shoot, if they don't recycle you need to start doing it... 1/2 hr of sorting glass will pay for your brewing habit.

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Shoot, if they don't recycle you need to start doing it... 1/2 hr of sorting glass will pay for your brewing habit.
Not everywhere has a deposit system like CA or MI.
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I dont think they recycle, haha. Oh well?

But I guess I would have to sort them out when I get home. No twist offs basically. I'm really glad I have access to free bottles though because my LHBS are selling them for around a dollar each I think. That's pretty pricey.
Sounds like you could setup a nice side business selling bottles out of a truck in the parking lot of the LHBS for $0.50 each....
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The down-side to living in Michigan is that the bars to not want to do this for us. They get 10 cents return on each, so to them, its like giving away money. So I have been hitting up friends and family, which yeilds only about 12-24 bottles per...

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