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Old 01-03-2013, 04:08 PM   #11
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When I first started brewing, I obtained my bottles by going up to the local recycling center on a Sunday around lunchtime and just standing by the glass bin. I had 55 good bottles in about 45 minutes.

You are in San Francisco. There is a recycling center on every corner!
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:17 PM   #12
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I've heard that sometimes someone can be convinced to save and give you bottles from a bar/restaurant.

I've kicked around the idea of bottling beer/mead in soda bottles for backpacking. Sure would reduce the possibility of an accident, reduce weight, and give me the ability to dispose of it if I feel like doing so, which may be the case as it seems like it would be hard to clean well as the mouth is so small. I'm not sure if I could get the bottle brush (wine size) in there.

Would a Gatoraide bottle withstand low carbonation levels (~1.5-2 volumes)? I realize the lid wasn't designed to hold pressure as a soda bottle is.

Any idea what level of carbonation a soda typically has?
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:47 PM   #13
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Would a Gatoraide bottle withstand low carbonation levels (~1.5-2 volumes)? I realize the lid wasn't designed to hold pressure as a soda bottle is.

Any idea what level of carbonation a soda typically has?
No idea if a Gatorade bottle would work, but I would NOT try it. I was warned long ago not to use anything that wasn't designed for carbonation.

As far as soda bottles, I have heard that they are capable of holding much more pressure than glass, so no worries.

 
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:57 PM   #14
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Would a Gatoraide bottle withstand low carbonation levels (~1.5-2 volumes)? I realize the lid wasn't designed to hold pressure as a soda bottle is.

Any idea what level of carbonation a soda typically has?
No idea if a Gatorade bottle would work, but I would NOT try it. I was warned long ago not to use anything that wasn't designed for carbonation.

As far as soda bottles, I have heard that they are capable of holding much more pressure than glass, so no worries.

 
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Old 01-03-2013, 05:07 PM   #15
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It seems Gatoraide bottles would certainly work for uncarbonated mead, but I've considered a mildly carbonated mead also.

I've certainly heard that warning.
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Old 01-03-2013, 05:42 PM   #16
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Go to the local distributor
Might be a lil gross at first but throw em in the dishwasher to clean.
If your wife still dosent want you reusing bottles for .5c a bottle at a 1 time cost per bottle ask her how about a 2 keg system with co2 tank for $350 would be better for her...
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:41 PM   #17
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Monday is recycling day in my area. The bins should have lots of new years bottles.

 
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Old 01-04-2013, 02:35 PM   #18
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Just make sure to avoid the screw top bottles. They always find a way into my bottle collection and I usually don't notice till the cap doesn't fit on right and I have already wasted the time to clean and sanitize them.

 
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Old 01-04-2013, 02:48 PM   #19
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Sparkling spring water bottles are super cheap brand new go get u sum.

Using them for some belgian white in about 3 hours.

Anymore unless it's a beer that's going to age for a long time I only bottle 24 or so the rest go in ghetto growlers.
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Old 01-04-2013, 03:20 PM   #20
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I reused some two liter bottles for a batch this last summer so that I could take them on to a music festival that didn't allow glass in. Long story short, the festival got cancelled so they came on a camping trip with a group of friends. Had no problems drinking everything before it went flat that way and everything did work out fine.

That said, it did smell remotely like root beer which was weird. You can buy club soda I think pretty cheap in two liters which wouldn't leave any smell.
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