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Old 07-18-2006, 02:01 AM   #1
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I'm ready to bottle my first batch...just one problem, no bottles. Now the obvious answer to this question is "drink more beer", but i'm about 30 bottles short or so, am living alone where I don't know anyone for the summer, and have to do everyday things like go to work, and walk around without falling. So my question is this: are bars/restaurants friendly about giving you bottles? If not, where are other good sources?
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Old 07-18-2006, 02:18 AM   #2
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I use pop/soda bottles..easy to find and easy to clean.
Try buying some really cheap 2L club soda for $.050....about 4 of those will
make a case of beer...and they are great for filling since its about 1/6th the work.

Make sure they are carbonated bottles (not fruit juice/water) as they will not hold the pressure.

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Old 07-18-2006, 02:31 AM   #3
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My Garage A buddy from work just delivered 5 cases of empty Sam Adams bottles.. clearly he drinks too much

 
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Old 07-18-2006, 02:36 AM   #4
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I bet he will want some of them back form you...filled.

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Old 07-18-2006, 02:36 AM   #5
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Hey Budbo, that's what I'm drinking right now too, if only I could keep up with your friend. I'm curious to hear how that Newcastle clone turns out. Is that an all grain or extract recipe?
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Old 07-18-2006, 02:39 AM   #6
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It turned out great, started drinking it this weekend.. I did it AG from an extract recipie

 
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Old 07-18-2006, 02:51 AM   #7
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Budbo, do you still have the extract recipe? I've been looking for a good Newcastle recipe, but everything I've found so far is all grain.
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Old 07-18-2006, 03:17 AM   #8
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I like to get bottles from the LHBS. Eh.... I know.... back when I started it seemed that the thought was to not reuse bottles (other then new ones where you know the quality is good). So I guess old habbits are hard to break.
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Old 07-18-2006, 04:52 AM   #9
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If you live in a bottle deposit state maybe find a small liquor store or someplace like that and offer to take the recappable bottles off their hands for more than what they'd get for deposit. My LHBS will sell me bottles back for 5 cents a piece since I buy other stuff there too.
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Old 07-18-2006, 06:11 AM   #10
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I've done a combo of buying bottles and drinking as much as I reasonable can.

I've also bought a couple cases of 12oz bottles from my LHBS to ease the pain of drinking every night. Call around, I'm sure one of the LHBS's has a case or two of EZ Caps...which I like best. 30 bucks will buy you 12 1liter EZ Caps which will bottle 2/3 of a 5gal brew.

And when I get to a good liquor store I look specifically for the flip-tops like Grolsh, Schwelmer (sucking on an altbier now), etc. It's tough drinking the Grolsh due to skunky-ness but I manage to do it.
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