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Old 06-26-2009, 03:23 PM   #1
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I've realized 2 things lately.

1. Cleaning bottles and especially removing the labels is the most tedious part of beer and wine making.
2. I did not get into beer and wine making to save money.

So given this, I have decided NOT to recycle my bottles anymore. I will just buy new ones when I need them. The old ones will go to the county recycling on trash day.

Has anyone else come to this conclusion?

 
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Old 06-26-2009, 03:26 PM   #2
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No, but why wouldn't you re-use bottles that you've already taken the labels off of, or bought without labels? Sounds like it would be expensive to re-buy bottles for every batch instead of recycling the ones you have.
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Old 06-26-2009, 03:30 PM   #3
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My solution to the problem you mentioned was kegging. IMHO, if you're not looking to save money by brewing, definitely get a keg setup. You won't regret it one bit.

Around here, new bottles are expensive (roughly $15-20 a case). While I didn't get into brewing to save money, with the amount of beer I make I think it would be wasteful to add $15-20 dollars to every batch.

Another easy solution is to fill a bucket with Star San and just put your rinsed, already de-labled bottle in there after you use them. They will be ready for your next batch when you need them.

 
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Old 06-26-2009, 03:30 PM   #4
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After two bottled batches my conclusion was Corny kegs.

 
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Old 06-26-2009, 03:35 PM   #5
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I'll second Corny Kegs. I still have bottles though to send off to competitions or give to friends.
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Old 06-26-2009, 03:57 PM   #6
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I agree corney kegs are the way to go. But I dont know whats so hard about soaking bottles in oxyclean for a few days letting them dry then rinsing and sanitizing on bottling day. You should rinse and sanitize on bottle day even with new bottles anyway.

 
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Old 06-26-2009, 04:07 PM   #7
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if you buying "new" they wont have labels on them so it's really a simple pour -rinse the bottle a couple times let dry . Rinse again and sanitize on bottleing day.Even if you were to get some with labels just soak in Oxiclean ovenight and your done - Vinegar and water will work on labels too just like removing wall paper.

I keg but still have a case or so of bottles .
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Old 06-26-2009, 04:42 PM   #8
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Even better...why don't you donate them to another local brewer who can't afford new ones?
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Old 06-26-2009, 05:29 PM   #9
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I do also keg - most of my beer, but I like some bottles for friends and going out. Bottles are mostly for my wine-making where I typically bottle 60-90 at a time. Also I add labels to all my beers and wines. Sometimes those labels come off, sometimes they don't, but it always takes several hours to clean all the bastards. And I have tried the soaking in Oxy-clean and it helps a little, but there is still a lot of scrubbing to do. Also I am somewhat of a perfectionist and can't stand to have any little bits of old label anywhere on the bottles.

 
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Old 06-26-2009, 05:42 PM   #10
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if you buying "new" they wont have labels on them so it's really a simple pour -rinse the bottle a couple times let dry . Rinse again and sanitize on bottleing day.Even if you were to get some with labels just soak in Oxiclean ovenight and your done - Vinegar and water will work on labels too just like removing wall paper.

I keg but still have a case or so of bottles .
Here's my take on cleaning bottles: If the glue isn't water soluble, I chuck the bottle. Its not worth the time. That being said, theres so many water soluble ones out there, that most of the time you just drop the bottles in a bucket of hot water and the labels come off. Rub with a sponge to take any residual glue of, and you're done.

 
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