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Old 08-28-2008, 12:15 AM   #1
Aug 2008
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Hey all -

This is my first post, and also my first attempt at homebrew. So far so good and the stuff (IPA) is in the carboy fizzing away. Now I need bottles. I'm interested in the idea of reusable PET bottles, although a good source of glass will do.

Short of scrounging up empties, do you wise heads have suggestions for good/best online sources for bottles and caps?

Much appreciated -

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Old 08-28-2008, 12:26 AM   #2
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You can buy them from just about any online shop. I prefer to recycle my empties by washing and taking labels off. My one little thing I do to try and be "Green"
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Old 08-28-2008, 12:28 AM   #3
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Bottles online will be cheap on the purchase end, but you'll get taken with the shipping.

If you don't want to recycle empties, your LHBS should have cases of bottles for sale.

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Old 08-28-2008, 12:35 AM   #4
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Go to a glass recycling center and they will likely let you pillage for all you want.

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Old 08-28-2008, 01:07 AM   #5
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Usually a LHBS will sell 24 bottles for like $12-15, so about 60 cents a piece. Just find somewhere with cheap decent beer, and justify your purchase twofold. I picked up a 12 pk of Franziskaner for $12 today. If you think about what I'd pay just for those bottles, I only paid $5 for the beer
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Old 08-28-2008, 01:29 AM   #6
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Check freecycling websites as well. I've found cases and cases on there. All for free.

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Old 08-28-2008, 01:32 AM   #7
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Go down to your local bar, order a few beers that you know have the pop tops and ask them what they plan to do with them. They'll probably say "Throw them out" and you say "I'll take 'em!"

Otherwise, look for places online that have flat rate shipping, like Austin Homebrew. Some places claim they have flat rate but the flat rate doesn't apply to bottles. Shop around if you insist on buying new. I don't know where to get PET bottles, though you could just recycle soda bottles, be careful though, since they're clear, to keep them out of the sun.
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Old 08-28-2008, 01:50 AM   #8
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+ 1 on raiding the local recycling center. unless you live in my neighborhood. thats my turf yo!
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Old 08-28-2008, 02:02 AM   #9
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I like to buy seasonal beers when they get clearanced out. This lets me try something new and save a few bucks

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Old 08-28-2008, 02:58 AM   #10
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Work, stella, becks, and carslberg. Plus anyone that has dark or green bottles that come over for a few or i go over for i take. EX: Hoegarden etc
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