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Old 01-14-2012, 05:57 PM   #1
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Default Cheap way to build up bottle collection for newbies like me!

Just got back from Costco where I discovered that they sell cases of 24 Kirkland brand Ales for <$20. About .80 a bottle out here.

The beer is not bad considering that it's Costco brand, they are crown cap bottles so I can save them for homebrewing, and the case they come in divides the 4 flavors by putting them in plain, unmarked, white 6 pack holders which I'll save to put my brew in when taking it over somewhere. I'll be able to write my beer's name on the 6 pack with brew date etc. and not have some other brewery's labels on it.

You could of course just drink your favorite craft brew, but I'd been sort of force drinking lots of beer to get empties which was expensive because I wasn't really taking time to enjoy the beer. Throwing a party today with lots of Costco beer will mean lots of empties for me!

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Old 01-14-2012, 06:10 PM   #2
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The fastest way is to organize a beer party where everyone brings different styles of craft beer.

Another great way is to judge at large beer competitions. If you steward you will have access to all the label free bottles you can use.

If you live in a state that recycles you can get bottles for the cost of the deposits if you look around.

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Craiglist, I got 200 or so for free. They looked clean but I cleaned them again.

Other than that, Kirkland ale sounds like a solid plan.

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Old 01-14-2012, 06:50 PM   #4
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The cheapest way is to make friends with a bartender at your local craft beer bar, and ask them if you can pick up their empties before recycling day.

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Dumpster dive behind a bar.

Have a party and have everyone bring craft brews.

or drink heavily........

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Just post on facebook or mass text your friends/family.

"Dear friends. I am starting to brew my own beer. Please save all your beer bottles for me. In return I will share my delicious homebrew with you."

I got a couple hundred bottles in a couple weeks.

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I have had some of the Kirkland's beers, they aren't bad. You get bottles and drinkable beer at the same time... seems like a decent idea to me.

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Dumpster dive behind a bar.

Have a party and have everyone bring craft brews.

or drink heavily........
2 outta 3 isn't bad, I don't have many partys.
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The cheapest way is to make friends with a bartender at your local craft beer bar, and ask them if you can pick up their empties before recycling day.
Yep, I was offered three cases of Grolsch bottles one night at a local tavern.
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I emptied mosst of the bottles for my first batch (if ya can't empty 2 cases in 2 or 3 weeks ... come on pick a different hobby). But after that I had couple of cookouts and BOYCB (Bring Your Own Craft Brew) Parties and I'm set as far as bottles. Now I'm able to be really picky. I've weeded out the green ones and the lighter brown bottles. I've got them cleaned and laying in stackable laundry baskets that SWMBO found at walmart.

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