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Old 05-17-2009, 12:47 AM   #1
Apr 2009
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I am a newbie and have only brewed a couple of batches of beer. I was wondering if anyone had any experience with Harpoon bottles. They say "no refill" on them. Despite this, is it safe to use them?

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Old 05-17-2009, 01:09 AM   #2
Jan 2009
North Central Mass
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hell yeah man , i got a boatload of them and use them over and over.
never had one problem

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Old 05-03-2013, 10:23 PM   #3
Mar 2013
, Connecticut
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Is this still the case?
Ever have trouble getting a "big beer" to carbonate in the bottle? Read the "rules" and please add your story to the list!

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Old 06-21-2013, 06:00 PM   #4
Apr 2009
, CO
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Never experienced a problem with Harpoon glass.

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Old 06-21-2013, 07:27 PM   #5
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Jan 2011
NE Columbia SC - Formerly, Montreal Canada
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"NO REFILL" doesn't have anything to do with usability for homebrewing!

What "NO REFILL" means is that the bottles aren't made to be reused by the brewery. If you pay a deposit on the bottles, when the store (or other return location) takes them back, the bottles glass will be crushed and recycled.

"REFILLABLE" bottles will find their way back to the brewery, be de-labeled, be washed, sanitized, filled, capped, and re-labeled. I don't think that there are that many breweries that use refillable bottles anymore.

Originally Posted by Misplaced_Canuck
Carbonic bite? Is that like the bubonic plague?
Originally Posted by ebstauffer
Needless to say after more than a few drams my mental efficiency matched my mashing efficiency.

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Old 06-21-2013, 07:36 PM   #6
Oct 2011
Oakland, CA
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Ya, generally refillable bottles are a bit thicker too and can stand up to a bit more, but it's totally fine to reuse them muntiple times for homebrewing

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