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Old 02-13-2011, 08:06 PM   #21
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When I told my wife the question I posted to the board her response was: "I don't think I am going to like the answer."

I think what I have learned is this: If my wife will let me get a kegerator then I can donate some extra bottles to a new home brewer. I now have one more argument for the kegerator. Oh...and no I don't have too many bottles!

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Old 02-13-2011, 09:29 PM   #22
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Yea - our Home brew club is reaping the benefits! The bird - I still wake up with nightmares of that drive.

We loaded it and within 1000 feet was an elevated railroad crossing OH MAN!!
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Old 02-13-2011, 09:51 PM   #23
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Anybody who wants bottles and doesn't want to dumpster dive should volunteer at a local competition. We'll have about 850 empty bottles after ours next weekend and a bunch of the 600 from last year did not get taken. We also have dozens after every club meeting that nobody wants.

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Old 02-13-2011, 09:54 PM   #24
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I had several hundred before but started downscaling my bottles when I switched to kegging. Basically when I drink a bottle now I recycled instead of keeping it.

So now a year or so later, I have less than a case of empties and only a few cases of homebrew left.

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Old 02-14-2011, 10:07 PM   #25
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My question is how many are full and how many are empty? Might want to start filling them up!!

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Old 02-15-2011, 02:07 AM   #26
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Was going through the same thing myself. Just started kegging. Have 12-15 cases of bottles. I will probably get rid of some, I am just trying to figure out how many to keep.

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Old 02-15-2011, 02:12 AM   #27
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I've been kegging for a few years now, but I've still kept saving the glass. It's a good thing. My sister is getting married and asked me to make some soda and bottle it up as wedding favors. 300 bottles worth. Good thing I just happened to have that on hand.
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Old 02-15-2011, 04:32 AM   #28
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My closets are full, I'm real particular now, I only save bombers and 500mls.

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Old 02-15-2011, 04:52 AM   #29
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Originally Posted by Grinder12000 View Post
I have 1,400 bombers!!! Got them free!!! Sweet deal. They were going to be crushed - I rescued the last batch after 2 more skids were crushed.

They were practice bottles for a brewery bottling machine. All clean.

Guy said- Hey Rod - do you need any big beer bottles? I said - yea how many (thinking 1 or two cases) - the guy laughed and said he had a skid - still - I did not REALLY understand what "skid" meant until I got to the warehouse. We drove 25 miles at 15 mph over railroad tracks and country roads to get them home! All the while swaying back and forth and clinking all the way!!

Held together by cardboard and plastic and straps!! OH MY GOD!!!

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Old 02-15-2011, 05:51 AM   #30
Oct 2010
Berkeley, CA, East Bay, CA
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Wow - I wondering if I was the only one!

Started brewing last October and barely drank/saved enough commercial beer in time to bottle my first batch. Quickly realized I'd need an army of bottles moving forward, with a strong showing of 22ozers. By the time I was bottling my 3rd brew (a great IPA) I got great satisfaction by bulk-stripping, cleaning, drying and grouping/counting empty bottles - knowing that their future held many a great beer. (In fact, I've got a 3rd bucket-full of bottles soaking from my recent chiller discharge water right now)

Well, the busyness of life/job/holidays/moving/etc has prevented me from brewing any beer from December until this past weekend (Ninkasi IPA), but I haven't stopped collecting bottles! Probably 125x 12oz and 75x 22oz - a small collection compared to some, but in my downsizing-apartment-living-for-two world, it is major storage space with the rest of my beer stuff. And they are all empty!

At least my first apfelwein taste great and is ready to bottle!

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