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Old 01-03-2006, 01:47 PM   #1
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I was thinking. A friend of mine (me) was wondering what cheap commercial beer is out there that has the bottle opener caps and not the screw tops. If there is a cheap beer out that can be recapped using your bench capper then would you have to sanitize or clean the bottles. Im wondering if those beer bottles with the beer still in them would be ready to go if you just uncap them and throw out that nasty crap they call beer, quick rinse and then bottle your beer. That would be a short cut and a half if you could do that. Has anyone tried it. I have to bottle my pumpkin beer i made and shipping on bottles to guam is killer. I wouldnt have to clean them, sanitize them, just quick rinse, its like a homebrewers dream come true.

 
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Old 01-03-2006, 03:35 PM   #2
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I'd worry about it picking up an after taste from the previous resident.

I don't know what is available in Guam, I know about the shipping though. I bet you could find a couple guys who'd be willing to dump the bottles out (they can keep the contents) they just have to scrub, bleach and rinse the bottles for you.

 
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Old 01-03-2006, 06:48 PM   #3
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I'd still soak in bleach. More to sanitize the outside to prevent contamination.

 
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Old 01-03-2006, 07:05 PM   #4
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I was buying Becks when I wanted to stock up my bottle supply. I like the beer and got to keep the bottles. Usually $10 per 12er at my store. Those being the green variety. Not sure about Guam though . Most cheap beer uses the twisties so I figured buy something that is drinkable and you get to keep the bottles...

 
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Old 01-03-2006, 07:26 PM   #5
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I bet you could find a couple guys who'd be willing to dump the bottles out (they can keep the contents) they just have to scrub, bleach and rinse the bottles for you.
I'm sure he could...especially if he's buying!

Why don't you just ask your friends to save any unscrew-type bottles for you? Know anyone who owns or works at a bar?
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Old 01-03-2006, 07:56 PM   #6
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Find a beer store that sells returnables . . . .$1.20 a case here
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Old 01-03-2006, 11:24 PM   #7
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As far as my beer picking up the taste of another beer, im really not that worried because glass doesnt retain odors, But do you think that the inside of the bottles are sanitary? If so then i would be able to use them right away. I dont think that I could get an infection from a commercial beer because of there standards they have to go by.

 
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Old 01-03-2006, 11:55 PM   #8
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There has got to be a better way for you to obtain bottles. Local bars? Local drinkers? How about kegging, or is that not a viable alternative? What do you do in Guam, besides sweat and try not to get malaria?
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Old 01-04-2006, 12:03 AM   #9
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What's so wrong with twist offs? I use them for most of my 12 oz bottles. If you have a bench capper they seal tight. In fact I often have to use an opener to get them off.
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Old 01-04-2006, 02:56 AM   #10
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What's so wrong with twist offs? I use them for most of my 12 oz bottles. If you have a bench capper they seal tight. In fact I often have to use an opener to get them off.

Do you have carbonation problems with twist off's some times? leaks?

 
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