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Old 01-29-2013, 06:37 PM   #1
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I've scored about 50 empty wine bottles from my neighbors' recycle bins in the last few weeks. Saved me ~$40 over purchasing from my home brew supply. Just wondering if anybody else does this or only me.

BTW I plan to wash these bottles thoroughly, boil them, and sanitize with star san. Overkill maybe, but I hate not knowing their history.



 
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:38 PM   #2
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Why not just ask. I asked my neighbors off and on about providing me with bottles as needed. Never been denied.


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Old 01-29-2013, 06:40 PM   #3
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I just told my neighbor that I was going to grab his empties. This way I didn't get stuck in that awkward moment where he/she is dropping off empties and your in their bin.

It wouldn't hurt to bring them a bottle of wine or a 6 pack to break the ice.
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:42 PM   #4
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Yeah, I'll second and third asking them. There's no reason they would say no, unless of course they hate you for some reason. And then stealing bottles from their trash probably won't make them like you any more.
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:57 PM   #5
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Why not just ask.
Well my neighbor who unknowingly donates me the majority of these bottles is a severe alcoholic, although he doesn't know that I know that. I get at least a dozen bottles from him, twice per week. Asking him for his empties would place him in an awkward position. He would either, in an attempt to hide his alcoholism, tell me no, or he would have to divulge to me personally just how much he drinks. If he told me no, I'd have to stop taking them because then he would know who the culprit is.

I prefer to just avoid this awkward situation and just dart out into the night on the day before recycle day.

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Old 01-29-2013, 06:58 PM   #6
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I guess it depends on whether the recycle bin is inside or outside his house.
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:01 PM   #7

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I guess it depends on whether the recycle bin is inside or outside his house.
Hahahaha!

Nothing wrong with it, in my opinion, assuming its outside.

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Old 01-29-2013, 07:08 PM   #8
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I found, that once my neighbors knew I brewed they started saving me bottles. Especially after I shared my beers with them. In fact it was funny in the loft I used to live in, I'd come home from work and have a bunch of bottles (usually really cool ones like Grolsh Bottles or bombers) from out building super. He'd let himself in and leave them for me. It got so that I told him whenever he did that, to go ahead and take a couple of my beers out of the fridge for his trouble. I did tell him to only take from the front of the beer shelf, never the back or the sides, or any other part of the fridge, because they may not have been ready yet or something I was saving. But if it was at the front of the mid shelf to help himself.

He was never greedy, never took more than a couple, but would always leave me bottles of his.
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:32 PM   #9
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I guess it depends on whether the recycle bin is inside or outside his house.
Or does it if he's passed out drunk? Seriously though, I guess this makes a little more sense now that you've set the background of your situation.

Do you speak with them occasionally? Small talk here and there? If so I would try and work it into conversation and see if they are willing to give you some. Maybe don't ask for everything they can supply because that would force them to out their level of drinking but maybe just for a few here and there.
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:31 PM   #10
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There are definitely ways to have the conversation without being awkward.

"Hey I'm making some wine, do you have any empty bottles I can have?"
"I'm collecting wine bottles. Could you save a few for me?"

Receiving 10 honestly is better than getting 50 dishonestly. I can promise you if he catches you rummaging through his trash, your relationship will be ruined.



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