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I just inherited a bunch of old budweiser bottles that are of the non-twist off variety. unfortunately the person that had them before was a heavy smoker and the bottles smell like it. ideas on getting rid of the smell? I was thinking of filling up my bathtub with hot/warm water and putting in like 2 cups of bleach and letting them soak. Then rinsing them all like it was my job. I have straight-a clear i could use as well though.

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Glass will not hold any smell (dirt & labels will), so get them clean & the labels off. They'll be fine.

I used Oxyclean for the first time last month & was impressed with its ability to remove & de-gum bottles. Freaky slippery stuff though!
 
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if one is goign to fill up a bathtub to do this, how many scoops do you think i need? like 4?
 

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When was the last time Bud used the non-twist off bottles? Those things have got to be pretty old... Maybe keep 1 or 2 with the labels for as collectors items.
 

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Actually, I think A-B still sells them with pry-off tops to bars, don't they? I know I've seen them, maybe ~5 years ago?
 
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ok i grabbed two out of the tub. labels still in tact
 
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do non twist off bottles have a name?
 

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cheezydemon said:
I think POP TOP says non twist off if we are talking bottles.
I've always called them crown top but I have no idea if it's correct. As far as using old bottles, I have been pulling from my Dad's old bottle repository that consists of bottles that are at LEAST 10 years old. I soak them in a bleach solution for a few days then run them through my dishwasher with no soap and heat dry and they're just like new.
I think I may try to switch to an Oxy bath though since I need to buy more of it anyway. I think it'll work faster than the bleach solution and be a little more environmentally friendly.

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I never even knew that AB used non-twist bottles. Just from the look of the bottle in the pics I'd guess that they're at least 20 years old, of not more.
 
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hey guys, after cleaning them i noticed a lot of them have scratches on the outside. any way to clean them up to be less noticeable? i read about cerium oxide but can i use that with brown?
 

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I have around 3 cases of A-B pry-off "Returnables" They are a thicker and heavier than a standard pry off bottle. I got them from a bar that I used to bartend for around 7 years ago. We requested them from our distributor for environmental reasons. I know that our local distributor quit messing with them, but I believe that alot of distributors will still supply them if the bar or restaurant requests them. I know that we paid a $3 per case deposit on them, which of course was refunded back for every case of empties we returned. It may be worth a few phone calls to some A-B distributors to see if they still offer these.
 

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