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Old 11-28-2012, 01:28 AM   #1
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Default Where do you guys get bottles?

There are two bars fairly close to me. The first one I called to ask to save bottles told me I have to talk to the manager, but the manager is never in. The second bar I talked to told me they don't even make beer bottles with pop off caps any more. Obviously they didn't want to be bothered with it.

Before I start branching out farther, where do you guys get bottles? Most of what I drink at home has screw-off caps, so I can't use them.


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I have one 500ml wine bottle that would be perfect for my smaller batch wines. Any idea where to get more at a low price (preferably free if possible)?

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Old 11-28-2012, 01:48 AM   #2
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Most of what I drink at home has screw-off caps, so I can't use them.
Change what you drink at home

Also, ask friends to start saving bottles, check out a recycling or bottle return center (some will give you the bottles for the cost of the deposit), and watch this thread:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f16/got-...m-here-157575/
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:04 AM   #3
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Craigslist or any other kind of local online buy and sell website can get you some good finds.

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Old 11-28-2012, 03:16 AM   #4
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the packie... i empty the contents of them into my stomach, which then empties into this magical swirling porcelain bowl in my house...then i wash the bottles, fill again, cap and repeat...

all kidding aside, i've just collected most of my 12oz bottles from cases of beer i've consumed over time... i have been known to buy a few cases of bombers which i picked up at the LHBS

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Old 11-28-2012, 04:17 PM   #5
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I changed what I was drinking at home, and asked intereseted friends to save their bottles for me. I'm only using them for what can't fit in my keg, so the 100+ bottles I have so far will be plenty for me. I've also heard of people checking the recycling bins in the neighborhood. The guy who got me started in Homebrewing says he gets his kid to go around and look for the good bottles. ;-)

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Old 11-28-2012, 04:24 PM   #6
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Buy a couple cases of something. Drink it. Brew. Give away a few 6 packs to friends that drink and mention that you need pop top bottles. Friends will return the free-beer favor and give you their used bottles. The circle of beer economics

I laugh when I get "bottle deliveries" on my porch from friends. All I do is clean and sanitize them. Now I have a couple hundred bottles in circulation between friends and family that are de-labeled and easy to clean.

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Old 11-28-2012, 04:24 PM   #7
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Watch on Craigslist. Pretty regularly there's a good deal in my area on empties, even delabeled ones. Last time I picked up a few cases for less than $4/case.

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I started watching deals at the liquor store and bought pry offs that were on sale. Allowed me to try a bunch of different beers that I might not have picked up as well. Also, might be worth checking with some liquor stores. One by me sells old cases of the returnable bottles for $1 a case.

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I do it the same way I do everything: Ask everyone you talk to about bottles. You will be amazed.

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Most of my bottles (over 400 in various sizes) come from my having kept what I bought over the past 8 years. The 1 exception was a great deal I got on Craigslist where I got 11 cases of stubbies for 20.00

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