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parkerdel

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So i have 15 gallons to bottle in the next two weeks and i only have around 45 12oz bottles. I can not bring myself to buy empty bottles from my LHBS but i will have to come up with something quick.

I have heard about people getting empties from resturants but i would suspect them to be really dirty.

Im also considering raiding a few super bowl parties this weekend to pick up some bottles, but i also suspect the bottles to be very dirty.

Anyone have any tips or secret places where they get bottles?
 

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Whenever I need bottles, I run by the Recycling Center. They allow me to grab as many as I want and even provide boxes to carry them out in. ;)

And really dirty? Lol... just a hot oxyclean soak and the labels and dirt comes right off.
 

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Ask your buddies right now to rinse their bottles right away when they drink this sunday, then go get em...How about that?
 

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I buy a lot of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale in bombers, those are 24 oz, or two beers. You might check your local craigslist, or a local bar that serves pop top bottles.
 

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All of the above, plus make sure that every beer that you buy from now until bottling day is in a bottle that you can re-use. I've collected over 100 bottles in the past month from my own consumption. :drunk:
 
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Whenever I need bottles, I run by the Recycling Center. They allow me to grab as many as I want and even provide boxes to carry them out in. ;)

And really dirty? Lol... just a hot oxyclean soak and the labels and dirt comes right off.
never though of that! i will try it out this weekend
 

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Check the classifieds section of hbt, theres a thread for us to give away or request bottles. You could also just go by a bar and ask for their empties. My local dustributor takes bottles for the deposit, so you could try that. Try craigslist, offer double deposit.
 

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There was a thread on here awhile back about homebrewers who had extra bottles because they had started kegging and were willing to give them away or trade. I'll look and see if I can find it.
 

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Where I work, our building has a room down by the dock where there is a box crusher and place where they sort out all the recycling. I can grab as many bags of plastic soda bottles as I want.
 

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Local bar allows me to take 22oz bottles whenever I call and they're available.
 

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i've got a few cases up here in portland, but i'm about 1000 miles away lol
 

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The best thing is to simply ask a bar that serves a good number of bottles. I simply walked down to my local watering hole, bought a beer, asked the owner if I could have some bottles. He pulled out a trashcan from the back and I stocked up for free. Pretty simple :)
 

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We have around 50 empty bottles at the end of every homebrew club meeting and 800-1000 at the end of our competition. Many to most of these get recycled because there aren't enough people interested in taking them.
 
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