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Old 02-05-2013, 02:45 AM   #1
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Default Which beer bottles are worth saving for bottling home brew?

Twist tops are out, that much I'm assuming goes without saying. I am looking at some Guinness bottles and Sierra Nevada bottles and thinking they might be ok to use. I also have a few bottles from Brooklyn Brothers and their chocolate stout. They look like good possibilities too. Of course I also have access to returnable Ale-8-1 bottles, I know for certain these are good. Thicker glass has never been realized in any glass beverage bottle.

The Ale-8-1 bottles aside, which beer bottles are safe to use for home brew bottling? All of them? Some of them? None of them?

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Old 02-05-2013, 02:47 AM   #2
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I seem to end up with Sam Adams and Sierra Nevada. I really like the 24 oz. Sierra Nevada.

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Old 02-05-2013, 02:59 AM   #3
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Sweet Water and New Belgian are the easiest to remove the label
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My collection of bottles is pretty much all New Glarus Brewing.
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Anything that's not a screwtop will work. Most of mine are Mexican Coke bottles, but I suppose brown is better than clear or green.
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Any non twist off beer bottle is designed to hold its contents under pressure and will work fine.
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I find Bell's bottles to be obnoxious getting the labels off. Maybe it was the particular bottles I had. Dunno. Same goes for DuClaw bottles. Outside of that, I haven't had a problem with any particular bottles, but I'm a fan of Lagunitas bottles if only because I like the stubby shape (fits places in my beer fridge the standard longneck doesn't), but also since the labels and glue just fall off in even a very brief PBW soak.
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Breckenridge Vanilla Porter bottles work nice and the labels come off clean.. Oh and the fact its one of my favorite beers don't hurt the emptying process.
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Sierra Nevada and Founders are the same shape bottle, labels come off easy... Sam Adams labels come off fairly easy... Any corked Belgian bottle if you ever think you might start corking, start collecting now... Guinness comes off even easier with a knife, the labels are shrink wrap. There are more, those are just the ones I use cause thats what I buy for now.
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Just about any pry off will work. The biggest issue is staying with brands with easy to remove labels. For me that's New Belgium, Redhook, BBC, and Sweetwater. The worst ones for me have been Yazoo and Red Brick. I love their beers, but I don't waste my time trying to re-use their bottles.

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