With a few beers ready to be bottled next week, I came to a realization today. I have no bottles to use! Has anyone ever had any luck getting used bottles from a bar or restaurant, or do I just have to sack up and buy a few cases?
Good idea, but I wouldn't do this in my neighborhood. I would hate it if my kids got teased at school because I was dumpster diving.I had a similar problem when was getting ready to bottle my first batch. I found that here in DC the easiest thing to do was to get outside early on recycling day before the city crews came by. Within 30 minutes I had over a case of empties (brown glass, no twist-offs). After that I scored about 50 empty champaigne bottles and have not worried about bottles since.
Not sure how recycling works in Chicago, though.
Thanks for the tip, I'm going to try that. Amazingly there's a group here.Also, try your local freecycle group (freecycle.org). I scored ~250 bottles about a few weeks ago. They were all rinsed out and in good condition. I probably shouldn't be encouraging other Chicago brewers to do the same, but you gotta share the HBT love.