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Old 06-30-2013, 01:12 PM   #1
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So a friend of mine who is a bar tender told me she would save me an entire trash can of bottles last night. I got a very large garbage bag full of them. I was thinking "Well there has got to be at least 10 bottles that have a pry off cap on them"...Well I culled through them this morning and to my surprise I only found one!. It was a green Stella bottle. How well do these green bottles work? I think I am just gonna run down to the brew store and get some bottles and be done with it.

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Old 06-30-2013, 01:22 PM   #2
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Stella bottles work, lever cappers sometimes have trouble with the small "gripping lip" though, same with Corona bottles. Bench cappers work just fine though. Personally I would ( and did) buy bottles with beer in them to fill the bottle collection and try new styles. Or ask around if anyone has any laying around, got quite a few that way too. St Paddys day is a good day to scrounge bottles too when everyone is drinking Guiness.

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Don't use the green or clear bottles! Your beer will skunk in them. Too much light gets through and your beer will skunk. Brown bottles are the way to go.

Before you pay $1+ per bottle, look into your local bottle shop. Mine charges me $0.05 per bottle which is the deposit they get on recycling.

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I've also had trouble using a lever capper on anything other than brown bottles. Anything green seems to not get a good grip, but it will eventually seal the cap if you work for it. If you are going to use clear or green ones, use your thighs or have a helping hand hold the bottle firm while you try and seat the cap. Keep them out of light like stevo says...every time I drink a Stella or Henniken from a six pack of bottles it is skunky from light spoilage!

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I buy my bottles by the 12pack and they come with free beer :-). On sale it might even be cheaper than those empty ones some people buy... and that just doesn't make sense to me.

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<snip> If you are going to use clear or green ones, use your thighs or have a helping hand hold the bottle firm while you try and seat the cap. <snip>

You must have never screwed up and broke a bottle while capping. I wouldn't ever suggest capping between legs.
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I usually buy some Beer I like in brown bottles; drink and rinse! Free Bottles, and good beer too!

have also gone to World of Beer, told my Server what I wanted, drank some beers, and the collected bottles for me. Tipped well!

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I buy bottles for $27.00 a case. They come filled with New Glarus' Spotted Cow. All the bottles are the same height and come in a nice carrying case. I'm getting tired of resetting the bench capper for all the odd bottles of different heights I had scrounged.

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I can get 24 pack cases of empty brown bottles in town for 13.99 each. I was just doing some reading online about how corona would taste different if it wasn't bottled in clear glass. I think I may try to get one of those clone beer kits for corona and see what it tastes like when its not all skunky...maybe put it in Guniness bottles.

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I buy my bottles by the 12pack and they come with free beer :-). On sale it might even be cheaper than those empty ones some people buy... and that just doesn't make sense to me.
I've never understood why people buy bottles either. We're brewers, undoubtedly we drink beer.
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