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Old 10-23-2008, 07:51 PM   #1
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Granted I've not been brewing long, but I currently store my bottles in cardboard boxes, the originals they came in whether they be Sam Adams or new bottles from the LHBS. I know this won't last and I'm looking for a long-term solution.

Thought milk crates would be a great idea as I could also use them for carrying carboys. However, new ones are prohibitively expensive and all the dairies around here police their inventories pretty tightly.

Question is two-fold:
1. What do you store your bottles in?
2. If milk crates, where did you get them?
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Old 10-23-2008, 07:52 PM   #2
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I have lots of bottle boxes from the local bar. The 6 pack carriers are in them too.
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Old 10-23-2008, 07:56 PM   #3
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We store ours in boxes. Keeps the light out and if they turn into bombs, easy cleanup.
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Old 10-23-2008, 07:57 PM   #4
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I keep my bottles like you do, in the original case, 12-pack, or 6-pack holder they came in. I try to scrounge case boxes from grocery stores and other locations that sell beer when I can.

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Old 10-23-2008, 07:58 PM   #5
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I store mine in their original boxes too, plus whatever sundry things I have hanging around. Space is becoming an issue, mostly because I have four tons of wood pellets in my basement.

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Old 10-23-2008, 08:01 PM   #6
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I have 2 milk crates, one from a guy at the local brewery, and one that I borrowed from underneath the bleachers that I was working on at a school. I'm always on the lookout for more, but they are hard to come by. I just use boxes for the other bottles, but I make sure I put a lot of tape on the bottom...
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Old 10-24-2008, 01:07 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Boodlemania View Post
Granted I've not been brewing long, but I currently store my bottles in cardboard boxes, the originals they came in whether they be Sam Adams or new bottles from the LHBS. I know this won't last and I'm looking for a long-term solution.
I use the boxes for normal bottles.

For the taller .5L bottles I modify the boxes a bit.

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Old 10-24-2008, 03:16 PM   #8
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I store them in 6-pack carriers arranged neatly in some of SWMBO's boxes she gets from Mary Kay. They fit nicely, with a few bottles in between. Of course, I'm not sure how to get MK boxes unless you know a MK consultant.... If you do, ask for the taller ones, she'll know what you're talking about. The lid on the box closes, and they hold 35 or 40, I forget right now.

I'm sure if you went to the local liquor store, you could get the boxes that their 6-packs come in (4 to a box). Then, go to a bar and get some free 6-pack carriers, or cases from BMC "beers".
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Old 10-24-2008, 03:35 PM   #9
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I picked up a couple of milk crates at Home Depot recently. I can't remember if they were $3.00 each or for both.

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Old 10-24-2008, 03:39 PM   #10
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I use empty beer cases which I acquire from a local beverage store. They usually have tons of them just ask if they have any extra ones... Also, you can probably score some empty 6 pack carriers from them too.

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