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Old 11-03-2011, 06:16 PM   #41
DevilDog2000
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Back in the day of returnable bottles, I could buy cases of empties from my local beer store for the price of the deposit: $2.00 per case!!! Since those bottles were meant to be reused by the brewery, they were sturdy -- a bit thicker than current bottles. I still have many of those bottles that I purchased in the '70s and '80s. Now, I supplement with non-screw top bottles my family and friends save for me since I rarely buy beer. As others have mentioned a day or two soaking in oxyclean and most labels just fall off. The oxyclean leaves a bit of a powdery residue that I don't care for, so I rinse the bottles, then soak in a vinegar and chlorine solution (1 oz. of each in 5 gal. water) for a day. That leaves the bottles sparkling and ready for use. I also check each bottle when sanitizing to make sure there are no chips or cracks. The modern bottles are noticeably thinner and more susceptible to damage.

 
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Old 11-03-2011, 06:27 PM   #42
DUNDASJ
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jacob_Marley

Try local banquet rental halls particularly the nicer ones. They do a lot of weddings, and weddings serve sparking wine or champagne often.
Good idea!

 
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Old 11-04-2011, 11:56 AM   #43
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I wish there was a deposit on champagne bottles in CT

 
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Old 11-04-2011, 03:16 PM   #44
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Heh.. I always say:

"You can always spot a homebrewer. He's the one surreptitiously picking up the empties at a party"

I hate it when people bring Heineken to parties. Those labels are hell to remove...

 
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Old 11-05-2011, 02:31 AM   #45
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I'll take em where I can get em.

 
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Old 11-05-2011, 03:01 AM   #46
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<duplicate post>

OT ... is there a way to delete a post you make?

 
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