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Old 07-16-2009, 05:50 AM   #1
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So my question is has anyone dumpster dived for bottles? And if so how were the pickings? Thanks -Adam

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Old 07-16-2009, 06:18 AM   #2
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I guess it depends on the dumpster.

I find people that drink good beer and ask them to save their pop tops in return for a beer or two. I posted I will trade beer for empty beer bottles on a local car forum and have got a ton of bottles from people. I've got cases worth from one guy. Also, whenever I buy beer, they are pop tops and I use those. Craigslist might be a good option, post you need empty pop top bottles.

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Old 07-16-2009, 06:58 AM   #3
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i have friends save the bottles and when they are taking up too much space, i come get them and give out homebrew. It works fairly well. You can also talk to managers of bars to procure bottles as some may enjoy trading for your beer. Digging through a dumpster containing posisbly broken bottles seems risky even for me...
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Old 07-16-2009, 11:40 AM   #4
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Another good idea is to walk the neighborhood on recycling day.

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Old 07-16-2009, 12:51 PM   #5
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I've done some dumpster diving! We have a bottle deposit in MI, so the bottles from MI aren't available but we're on the border of WI. So, at the recycling center, there are tons of non-returnable bottles in the glass dumpster. I don't usually grab the bottles anymore, though. (I have enough, and have switched to mostly Grolsch bottles).

I grab the Carlo Rossi wine bottles and use them for fermenters for small wine batches. I also get wine bottles that have easy to remove labels.
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Old 07-16-2009, 02:19 PM   #6
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I recently scored 9 cases of bombers on Craig's List for $20. Keep checking there, IMHO it's worth the cash to get the cardboard boxes, and not have to climb into dumpsters. I had to get anal and check online several times a day for a week, but eventually I scored.

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Old 07-16-2009, 03:06 PM   #7
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Never done the dumpster thing, I would also fear broken glass or whatnot...if it came down to that I would rather pay the $12.99 for a case of empties from LHBS than free disease from the dumpster.

Otherwise, I just got the word out to friends, family, and coworkers. My father even took some of my homebrew to his neighborhood 4th of July party. All the neighbors are going to start saving bottles. In addition, one of the neighbors had brewing equipment, C02 tank!!!, which he offered for free. I will give him plenty of homebrew for it anyway.
I'm brewing 25 gallons this weekend and I'm not worried at all about having enough bottles, there are enough flowing in from everyone that knows me.
I also have kegs for backup, beer storage is no issue here lol

I guess my long winded answer means just one thing, make sure everyone around you knows you need them and you should have ample supply.

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Old 07-16-2009, 03:35 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by TheMan View Post
Never done the dumpster thing, I would also fear broken glass or whatnot...if it came down to that I would rather pay the $12.99 for a case of empties from LHBS than free disease from the dumpster.

No doubt! As cheap as bottles are to buy, I can't see how it would be worth it do dig through the trash on the off chance you might find some empties that would be useable.


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Old 07-16-2009, 06:43 PM   #9
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Post ads up on sites like craigslist looking for free bottles....and ask friends, coworkers, family to save ones they don't want. It adds up VERY quickly..

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Old 07-16-2009, 10:16 PM   #10
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Costco usually has 28 packs of Sam Adams for $22. 28 bottles and 336oz of beer for 22 bucks isn't too bad.

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