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Title: Beer Bottles
Post by: MiStout on April 30, 2009, 01:46:59 PM
where does one buy or get bottles without paying the college fund for them
Title: Re: Beer Bottles
Post by: MaltLicker on May 01, 2009, 06:10:16 AM
Buy/drink more beer and they're free.  Ammonia or OxyClean in hot water and they're clean.  I've bought a few cases of some decent beer at a cost-club to get the case box too.
Title: Re: Beer Bottles
Post by: UselessBrewing on May 01, 2009, 02:00:32 PM
Train your friends to drink good beer and save the bottles. I bought 2 cases a few years back, but then learned that my friends don't mind saving them for me.

Hint: Make sure to tell them to not put their cigarette buts in them.. Its a NASTY habit!

Title: Re: Beer Bottles
Post by: HSM on May 14, 2009, 05:31:24 PM
Post a wanted ad on craigslist and check it for posted items.

I saw this today:

But the last thing I want is 120 twist off bottles. :)

Title: Re: Beer Bottles
Post by: Beer_Tigger on December 06, 2009, 08:24:31 AM
Don't laugh, but I've actually gone dumpster diving in my early years of brewing behind bars and restaraunts.  Then I put them into a 55 gal plastic garbage bin (clean one) to submerge all of them and let them soak.  As you take them out, shake out the limes...

Indian and Mexican restaraunts have great bottles because of the imports are stronger bottles.  Indian alse come in 22oz bottles as a bonus.
Title: Re: Beer Bottles
Post by: Rep on December 09, 2009, 06:09:01 AM
I talked to the folks that work at my local liquor store and asked them to keep an eye out for cases of returnable bottles.  Although the returnable is no longer an option as the industry forced that out, there are consumers that have them hanging out in garages.

When they bring them back to the store for return and to get their deposit back the store will take them.  It is an issue of public relations.

They usually just dump them, but I have been able to gather about 17 cases worth for little to nothing.
Title: Re: Beer Bottles
Post by: SOGOAK on December 21, 2009, 06:11:57 AM
2 tips from my new brewbuddy- Mexican quarts -carta blaca, dos xx, come in cool quart poptops and are reusable.  Bud's American Ale nets out only slightly more per 12 of 22oz bottles than buying just bottles.  -pretty good info from a "new" guy.
Title: Re: Beer Bottles
Post by: UselessBrewing on January 21, 2010, 06:38:43 AM
Yes you do! Always make it a habit to take more drinks to gather more beer bottles!


Title: Re: Beer Bottles
Post by: Chas at Tahoe on March 25, 2010, 08:39:54 PM
I watched craigs list for a few days searching for bottles.  A case of 24 from my customary supplier was $48 with shipping.  I found a "wife" who was selling her husband's brew setup and bought the whole works for $50.  Got an 8gal boiler, two buckets, capper, chiller etc.  I'm pretty proud of that buy.  :o)
Oh, ya.  I asked her if her husband knew she was selling his stuff and she said, "yes".

Title: Re: Beer Bottles
Post by: SOGOAK on April 21, 2010, 06:30:05 AM
I have 10 or so cases of used bottles.  I'm just west of chicago.  I am putting them out in the recycler 3-4 cases a week.  They need to be delabelled and cleaned.  FREE
Title: Re: Beer Bottles
Post by: Alexander on May 10, 2010, 12:14:32 PM
If you are friends with a bar/restaurant owner/manager/bartender they may be willing to put them aside for you. However recycling bin/dumpster diving works. Hopefully there is recycling in your area because then you don't have to deal with food on your bottles.

If you dumpster dive I would recommend pulling only a couple of each brand's bottles on your first trip, so that you can get an idea of how difficult it is to remove that brand's labels. The differences in the glue & paper can make a huge difference in the amount of work you have to do. Believe me there can be a huge difference in difficulty even with a long soak time.
Title: Re: Beer Bottles
Post by: silent hunter on July 12, 2010, 10:22:22 AM
i get mine from a local beer distributer, i get em for about 2 bucks a case.
thats the deposit.
 hope this helps.
Title: Re: Beer Bottles
Post by: whatshisface on August 04, 2010, 12:33:18 PM
My guess is that MiStout is from Michigan where they have deposits on the bottles, so some of your suggestions may not work.  The best way to accumulate bottles is time. When I am not drinking a homebrew, I generally drink something from a micro brewery.  The bottles from Micro Breweries are generally pretty good.   Other than that, the Homebrew supply store in my area of Michigan sells a case of 24 amber 12oz bottles for 10 bucks.  I just gave away two cases to my brother inlaw otherwise I offer you some.
Title: Re: Beer Bottles
Post by: dslater on August 15, 2010, 04:22:51 PM
In Massachusetts we have returnable beer bottles - when I started brewing I stopped in at my 2 favorite liquor stores and  asked the managers if
I could have 2 cases of bottles. one gave me the bottles for the price of the deposits, the second just gave me the bottles - no charge.

I have one favorite liquor store now ...  :D

As others have suggested, try a few brands first - some labels come off very easily others may never come off.

Best of luck!

Title: Re: Beer Bottles
Post by: racheek on September 17, 2010, 10:43:21 AM
The best place I have found to get bottles is at recycle bins.  I have collected about 10 cases in 3 weeks.  The nice thing about these places is that the bottles are separated by glass color and since people have stored them they usually rinse them out.  You can also get the boxes the bottles came in so you can store them neatly. You do have to go through the bottles to weed out the twist off bottles.  I have so many now, I have started separating them by type (i.e. Standard, New Belgium, Sam Adams, etc) so when I bottle my beer, I do not have to label them to keep up with what style of beer is in the case.  I do keep records on bottling dates!

Good Luck in your search!
Title: Re: Beer Bottles
Post by: jomebrew on November 07, 2010, 09:17:32 AM
Volunteer to be a steward at a local homebrew competition judging.   I can usually take home a case or more of bottles if I choose.

Title: Re: Beer Bottles
Post by: on March 31, 2013, 06:25:35 PM
 In NY we have a $0.05 deposit. I go to our local return center and pay them $0.10 for all the bottles I want.
They even save out the Golech type bottles for me,same price. :)