What do you do with the empties?

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  1. MetalMistress

    MetalMistress Initiate (0) Jan 13, 2015 Georgia

    What do you do with your empty beer bottles? Do you save the ones with cool labels? Do you save your favorites?
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  2. tylerstravis

    tylerstravis Meyvn (1,050) Feb 14, 2014 Colorado

    I recycle 100% of them.

    If I want to keep anything in remembrance, it's a picture on my phone.
  3. leantom

    leantom Champion (896) Nov 20, 2011 Indiana

    Recycle when I'm in New Jersey visiting my folks, throw in the trash when I'm in Indiana at my apartment complex.
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  4. gopens44

    gopens44 Poo-Bah (2,317) Aug 9, 2010 Virginia
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    I have been saving bottles for homebrewing for years. I also keep labels for a project that is yet to be determined. I fill a sink with hot water and about a scoop of Oxyclean to remove labels (NOT to sanitize bottles). Typically they slide right off. Throw out screw tops, save rest for beer at later time!
  5. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (4,006) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

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  6. Andrew041180

    Andrew041180 Defender (651) Mar 15, 2013 Massachusetts

  7. TonyLema1

    TonyLema1 Poo-Bah (1,805) Nov 19, 2008 South Carolina

    I've saved a few over the years

    Coors Light had a 22 oz Coors Light bottle in the shape of a baseball bat, for the Colrado Rockies innagural seaon, I kept that...Coors also had an Anniversary Ale in 1997 that was a tribute to the US Air Force's 50th Anniversary...you know I kept that one!!!! And for some odd reason I still have the Sam Adams Triple Bock bottle on my shelf...cool color bottle, possibly the worst beer I've ever had
  8. raulstotle12

    raulstotle12 Initiate (159) Feb 19, 2014 California

    I recycle now. i use to save the, but it got too out of hand. Imagine a room with over 300 bombers!
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  9. Masters

    Masters Zealot (543) Mar 7, 2014 Massachusetts

    I put them in my recycling bin outside which is typically taken daily by the homeless ladies when they drag their shopping cart by
  10. CraftFan5

    CraftFan5 Champion (834) May 14, 2013 New Jersey

    I keep the really cool ones. The only problem is every once in a while my wife complains about the space I'm taking up, so I have to throw a few out.
  11. LittleDog

    LittleDog Initiate (144) Dec 19, 2014 Texas

    Save for my homebrewing. Cans and other unusables get recycled, mostly..
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  12. bluehende

    bluehende Poo-Bah (2,432) Dec 10, 2010 Delaware

    Homebrewing here too. Although I have enough to send a lot to recycling now.
  13. DOTU

    DOTU Initiate (187) Feb 11, 2011 California

    I recycle all bottles other than a couple signed by brewers.
  14. kevanb

    kevanb Poo-Bah (2,342) Apr 4, 2011 Illinois

    I save my absolute favorites and all large format bottles (3L+), I think I have 10 or so bottles saved right now, recycle the rest
  15. Pantalones

    Pantalones Devotee (450) Nov 14, 2014 Virginia

    So far I've been keeping one empty bottle from every new beer I try and then recycling the rest.

    Not sure what I'll end up doing when the cabinet I've been putting the bottles in fills up, though it'll probably be a while before I have to worry about that since it's not even halfway full yet (and I could probably stack bottles on top of the ones that are already there if I have to. XD)
  16. mabermud

    mabermud Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2006 Washington

    Recycle everything.
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  17. discopig

    discopig Initiate (0) Aug 11, 2014 Benin

    I recycle them all except big bottles (growlers, 3L+, etc), those I keep for future use.
  18. Brew_Betty

    Brew_Betty Disciple (394) Jan 5, 2015 Wisconsin

    I smash all the bottles, throw them on the floor and limbo across them barefooted.
  19. stb08007

    stb08007 Initiate (0) May 28, 2014 Connecticut

    Why, bottle homebrew in them, of course!
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  20. Shinck14

    Shinck14 Initiate (0) May 30, 2014 Kansas

    Recycle all the way
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  21. Stinky-Dinkins

    Stinky-Dinkins Initiate (0) Feb 5, 2013 New Hampshire

    I pee in them and then store the bottles in a rented storage unit, then write the time, date, and what beer it was made from. I have 26 storage units full of piss bottles. I do this so the government can't track what I'm drinking, just one of the many ways I outsmart Uncle Sam.
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  22. Phocion

    Phocion Initiate (0) Aug 5, 2005 Minnesota

    I keep bombers and a couple cases of 12 oz. bottles on-hand for homebrewing. I give screenprinted bottles to a friend who makes them into glasses. I recycle the rest.

    I've had thousands of beers so far, and that's not counting for variations among packaging from year-to-year or different sized formats for the same beers even. Even saving just the cool ones would take up a ridiculous among of space. I do keep the occasional label though, for some project that I may or may not ever do in the future.
  23. paulaner

    paulaner Initiate (90) Jan 10, 2004 Wisconsin

    Save them up and eventually turn in all the bottles and crates for the deposit and let the store pay me to take their beer. I love deposits.
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  24. FutureJack

    FutureJack Initiate (0) Oct 30, 2007 California

    I used to keep them for homebrewing, but then i started kegging beer, and then i stopped homebrewing (well, i'm on a 2-year hiatus anyway), and then i realized i was >40 years old and I have enough junk already. So now they go straight to the recycling bin.
  25. jimmyfishkin

    jimmyfishkin Aspirant (217) Nov 17, 2008 Wisconsin

    I'd like to keep some of the cooler ones, but I have nowhere to put them. That's why if you look through my phone it's all pictures of my kids, and beers I've drank.
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  26. Jeffreysan

    Jeffreysan Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2013 Maryland

    Recycle them, after removing the labels that I like.
  27. krl2112

    krl2112 Crusader (720) Nov 10, 2012 Illinois

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  28. Lordwindowlicker

    Lordwindowlicker Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2015 Maryland

    beer bottle fingers
  29. fredmugs

    fredmugs Meyvn (1,483) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana

    This. Beer porn then recycle
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  30. Svingjo

    Svingjo Initiate (0) Jul 21, 2012 British Columbia (Canada)

    Here in British Columbia we have a bottle return policy. When buying your beer you are charged a 10-20 cent recycling fee per bottle. When you finish you just take your bottles back for a refund, where they either send them for re-use or recycling. Now if I have any cool bottles or labels I'll take pictures and post on my Beer Review Facebook page for everyone to enjoy.
  31. Vogey77

    Vogey77 Initiate (0) Dec 24, 2013 Massachusetts

    Return them for an amazing 5 cents each
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  32. cherche

    cherche Meyvn (1,122) Mar 27, 2013 Washington

    same exact thing here.
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  33. tvoss99

    tvoss99 Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2014 Arizona

    Peel the labels off to put in a photo album, clean off residue and then give the bottles to my neighbor who home-brews. I do occasionally keep the bottle if it's one of the better ones I've had (NB Fat Tire, NB Snapshot, NB Trippel, Milk Stout Nitro, Jai Alai).
  34. leroybrown10

    leroybrown10 Meyvn (1,220) Jan 26, 2008 Missouri

    I recycle everything if I am at home. Only rare exceptions such as my bottles of Westy 8 & 12 which were a gift the first Christmas my wife and I were dating. That's when I knew she was a keeper. :slight_smile:
  35. LambicPentameter

    LambicPentameter Meyvn (1,428) Aug 29, 2012 Nebraska

    I have enough trouble justifying the space my full bottles take up to the wife, so I pretty much recycle all of them.

    The only exceptions thus far are my attempt to collect the Game Of Thrones bottles and a couple of Kansas City local beers commemorating the championship season of Sporting KC and the AL Championship of the Royals.
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  36. MaltLickyWithTheCandy

    MaltLickyWithTheCandy Initiate (0) Apr 22, 2013 Maryland

    Throw them in the nearest river. Mwahaha.
  37. jmdrpi

    jmdrpi Poo-Bah (6,681) Dec 11, 2008 Pennsylvania

    I have a "beer wall" of my favorite bottles, the rest are recycled.

    I have about 4 cases of empties that I cleaned and occasionally use for homebrew, but I mostly keg now.
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  38. Grodd87

    Grodd87 Disciple (365) Jul 30, 2014 Pennsylvania

    I just started saving ones with cool lacked I like but u can't keep to many bc my wife would kill me I think I have saved 6 bottles. I started this after saving champagne bottles every year for new years
  39. ChangSing

    ChangSing Initiate (154) May 5, 2013 Illinois

    I just started saving some of hte bottles with really cool labels (like pipeworks last kiss, some of the jolly pumpkin beers, pseudo sue etc). I"m going to buy a bottle cutter, some wax, and make some candles out of them.
  40. FRANKIE65

    FRANKIE65 Initiate (0) Dec 12, 2014 Ontario (Canada)

    Same thing here in Ontario...the ONLY good thing about the beer store.
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