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Old 11-29-2009, 11:17 PM   #1
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Default Cheap bottling?

Got 40 pints of cider to bottle in just over a week, what's a cheap solution that won't change the overall flavour? I don't mind if it costs a little if it's reusable. Or should I just leave it in the keg and bottle some?

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Old 11-29-2009, 11:21 PM   #2
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Sterilizing the bottles (glass mind you) in the oven is about as cheap as it gets. You might be able to rent a capping machine at a hbs and caps aren't too costly either.

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Old 11-29-2009, 11:27 PM   #3
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I save bottles from microbrews that I bought at the store, clean them out, and put homebrew in them. I've been saving bottles like this for months and now I have hundreds of bottles that I reuse - some have been recycled three or four times.

If you don't have enough bottles, maybe talk to a local bar and see if they will let you dig through their glass recycling bin. Or ask friends to save their bottles for you. I have some neighbors on my street who drink microbrews and they are more than willing to let me rummage through their glass bin the night before recycling day...as long as I let them try my homebrew when they come visit

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Old 11-29-2009, 11:45 PM   #4
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Check with you local beer distributor...I pay .10 a bottle. 2.40 a case can't beat it.

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Old 11-29-2009, 11:48 PM   #5
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most homebrew shops also do sell new bottles. think they are $12-$14 for a case...

i do what ReeseAllen does and save my bottle from micros

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Old 11-30-2009, 02:31 AM   #6
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Check with you local beer distributor...I pay .10 a bottle. 2.40 a case can't beat it.
Holly Crap! $2.40/case. Wow.

The major distributor around here is $7.34/24 of long necks. That's almost $.31 each. I know of a couple commercial micro breweries around here that get them there, and that's the price they pay too. I am going to call around tomorrow and see what I can find.
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Old 11-30-2009, 03:46 AM   #7
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Holly Crap! $2.40/case. Wow.

The major distributor around here is $7.34/24 of long necks. That's almost $.31 each. I know of a couple commercial micro breweries around here that get them there, and that's the price they pay too. I am going to call around tomorrow and see what I can find.
Yeah, It's awesome. He only gets a nickel from recycling so if he charges me a dime each he makes out...I guess.
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Old 11-30-2009, 03:51 AM   #8
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I always suggest try a local pub/bar and ask for empty bottles (and CASES to store bottles in). Another option my employees love is that I will throw a BBQ and supply a pop-top beer (i.e. samual adams) and my problem is solved and my employees are happy...

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