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Old 03-29-2012, 03:59 PM   #1
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Default Very old bottles

the other day i purchased some beer bottles from a guy on craigslist. He said that they were old (20+ years) They are all coors and budwieser bottles (some even remain unopened) My question is should I be using these for my homebrew? I feel a little sad taking the labels off such old bottles. Should i be keeping them for any reason, or just treat them like any other bottle?


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Old 03-29-2012, 04:09 PM   #2
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That's a tough one. I'd say keep them and not use them for homebrew.

I have a few old stroh's bottles and cans, and I have them on a shelf in my "drinking room", along with other relics (a 100yr old wood crate from an Upper Peninsula brewery that died from Prohibition).

Bottles are not that hard to get, and are cheap if you drink a lot of craft beer like me. Use other bottles, not the old ones.


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Old 03-29-2012, 04:32 PM   #3
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That's a tough one. I'd say keep them and not use them for homebrew.

Bottles are not that hard to get, and are cheap if you drink a lot of craft beer like me. Use other bottles, not the old ones.
Even in the case that I have 5 cases? Only 7 of which are full still? Seems like its a bit of a waste either way, do they have any real value though? I paid the guy $20 for them.
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Old 03-29-2012, 05:05 PM   #4
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I suspect that a 20 year old Coors or Bud bottle has limited collector value.

If you like the look of the labels, grab a couple to put on display and put the rest to work containing your homebrew.
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20 year old Coors/bud bottles aren't old.
I have some Olympia (old local defunct brewery) quart bottles from the 50's/60's that still take caps fine.
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Did the BMCs use pry offs back in the day?
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As long as they will seal with a standard capper, I'd wash them up and use them in a heartbeat!!
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Did the BMCs use pry offs back in the day?
20 years ago was 1992, this is in no way "back in the day".


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As far as I can remember, Coors and Bud bottles were still twist off "back in the day"
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Even in the case that I have 5 cases? Only 7 of which are full still? Seems like its a bit of a waste either way, do they have any real value though? I paid the guy $20 for them.
I didn't realize that you got that many bottles from the guy.

I'd go with processhead's reply. If they are pry-off, and not twist-off, keep a few of the better ones for nostolgia, and de-label + fill the others with delicious homebrew.


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