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Old 11-20-2007, 08:27 PM   #1
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Im just starting with Homebrewing. I have a batch ready that I need to bottle next week but am having a hard time trying to find clean, new empties at a decent price. Does anyone have a line on someone that sells cheap new bottles...or do I just have to drink a lot more beer and save the empties? Either way is fine. Thanks

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Old 11-20-2007, 08:28 PM   #2
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I'd never pay for bottles. Either have some friends over to drain some bottles or go through recyclables. You might have to clean some of them but its much cheaper...

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Old 11-20-2007, 08:49 PM   #3
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Go by some bars and ask them for empties. You might check out some package stores too they may even have some old returnables. I'm with Soul on this one I can't see my self paying for bottles I'd dumpster dive in the recycle bin first. But I'm frugal I'd rather clean em up than pay for em.

Post what town you live in. Sometime folks on this site will let you have bottles for the shipping cost or free if you are willing to drive over and pick them up.
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Old 11-20-2007, 09:05 PM   #5
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Bottles show up on Craigslist occassionally, usually when a homebrewer has just started kegging. Best approach I found was to tell people that I was more than happy to give them this great beer I was brewing, but in return they had to save me all their crown-top bottles (and return any bottles that I gave to them).
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Old 11-20-2007, 09:15 PM   #6
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my best advice in friends... i bought 2 cases of bottles from the HB shop, then i gave out some of my beer asking my friends to double the bottles.

It worked great for me...
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Old 11-20-2007, 09:20 PM   #7
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Where are you at? If you're anywhere near me I'll give you two cases of bottles.
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Old 11-20-2007, 11:19 PM   #8
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+1 on hitting the bars and liquor stores. I've gotten 8 cases (3 of the cases were flip-tops) by asking nicely, explaining I'm a home brewer, and always making sure to buy at least a sixer. I was able to just pay for the bottle deposit (10 cents each).

It will takes some time to clean them and de-label them, but it's worth the effort.


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Old 11-20-2007, 11:35 PM   #9
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look in the yellow pages for local bottling/distributing companies. I've bought old Budweiser pop-top deposit bottles for a nickel each, and they thru in the cardboard case.
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Old 11-21-2007, 06:57 AM   #10
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I also have about 200 bottles to give away

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