What do you do with the empties?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by MetalMistress, Jan 15, 2015.

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  1. raffels

    raffels Initiate (0) Dec 12, 2009 West Virginia

    I save a couple weeks worth, the sneak out at night and pile 'em on the neighbor's cans at the curb...There's been raised eyebrows in the neighborhood. :slight_smile:
  2. Brutaltruth

    Brutaltruth Poo-Bah (3,237) Mar 22, 2014 Ohio

    Give them to my buddy at work who home brews....I get great beer for that. Belgian tripels, quads, plum brandy barrel dubbels, and fantastic barely wines.

    Other than that, I save the cool local cans and bottles for the wall.
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  3. Jae9979

    Jae9979 Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2012 New York

    Save as many as I can, as one day, preferably the week before Mother's Day, I will befriend a postal worker who will drive me to MI for the $0.10 refund, therefore, avoiding truck rental fees. Call it a loophole, but I call it a profit.
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  4. Rochefort10nh

    Rochefort10nh Savant (907) Sep 30, 2005 New Hampshire

  5. Brolo75

    Brolo75 Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2013 California

    We have a recycle bin that I put them in.
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  6. Grodd87

    Grodd87 Disciple (365) Jul 30, 2014 Pennsylvania

    R u my long lost brother. That is all stuff I collect.
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  7. funjack5150

    funjack5150 Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2014 California

    Recycle them. I only keep the full ones....:wink:
  8. BvilleBrewGuy

    BvilleBrewGuy Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2015 New York

    I store mine in the garage until the local boyscout troop comes a knockin'. Those boys are really cleaning up in my neighborhood.
  9. SkiBum22

    SkiBum22 Crusader (739) Oct 18, 2009 New York

    I save my favorites and recycle the rest. Unfortunately the ones I save I have to store them in my cellar as I have nowhere to put them at the moment.
  10. NCMonte

    NCMonte Aspirant (247) Jan 28, 2014 North Carolina

    You're single... aren't you.
  11. Rochefort10nh

    Rochefort10nh Savant (907) Sep 30, 2005 New Hampshire

    Nope! Married 23 years!!! My wife actually started this by buying a mixed six for my birthday 22 years ago! That said. If we move again they won't be making the trip:wink:. I should also qualify that this is in my basement and not the main house. Last approximate count was 3,400-give or take a few.
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  12. charlzm

    charlzm Poo-Bah (2,458) Sep 3, 2007 California

    I recycle anything I'm not going to re-use. I re-use 22 ounce brown glass bombers for my homebrewing after removing the labels.
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  13. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,393) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado

    Cool bottles line my brew cave, the rest get cleaned and delabeled for homebrew.
  14. dav2080

    dav2080 Aspirant (216) Mar 11, 2012 Wisconsin

    I counted my empty bottles for homebrew. I have 250. I cannot produce or drink my beer that fast to fill them all. I recycle any new commercial 12 oz. bottles now. I keep and reuse all the bombers I buy. Surly comes in cans. Save those for target practice then recycle.
  15. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (2,633) May 30, 2005 Michigan

    Ask your buddy if he needs more bottles. :wink: Those homebrews all sound good (except for the 'barely' wine).
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  16. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (2,633) May 30, 2005 Michigan

    I'll call it illegal. :wink: We're watching you. :grinning:
  17. scottbrew4u

    scottbrew4u Savant (917) Feb 2, 2005 Pennsylvania

    I have about 350 cool labeled, memorable, favorite beer bottles saved and some on shelves. Some others I refill with homebrewed beer.
  18. SnifterLifter

    SnifterLifter Initiate (0) Nov 9, 2013 New York

    I return all of my bottles and put the change towards more beer. Except lately me and my dad have been putting it off and it got out of hand and now we have a shed literally full of empties and a giant pile of bags of empties in my backyard. My neighbors must think were classy people. Also my mom wants to kill us.
  19. Zetcha7x

    Zetcha7x Initiate (0) Feb 17, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Recycle everything. The full bottles in the cellar and throughout the house are enough. Plus all the beer glasses I have...my wife would never tolerate me keeping empty bottles no matter how cool they are.
  20. TheIPAHunter

    TheIPAHunter Poo-Bah (2,359) Aug 12, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    Recycle for the most part. Sometimes I pray that the whales will magically refill themselves.
  21. SmashPants

    SmashPants Initiate (0) Jun 24, 2012 Australia

    Used to keep a single of each beer I have tried. The cases and cases of them ended up filling the garage to the point that I couldn't get the car in. Decided to throw everything out, without remembering that a) some of those bottles / labels were rare, limited edition or no longer produced, and b) in one of our house moves I had actually stuck a whole heap of my 1980s Transformers in those boxes.

    Sad times.
  22. beernazi

    beernazi Initiate (0) Dec 5, 2012 California

    trash em, got no more room for random junk in my apt.
  23. SoleBriety

    SoleBriety Defender (600) Oct 10, 2013 California
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    I recycle them. I keep the bottle caps because when I collect enough, I want to make a table with all the beers I've drank through the years.
  24. Cobudzin

    Cobudzin Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2014 Michigan

    Living in Michigan definitely take back to the store for deposit. A lot of really cool artwork and design on the label though.
  25. Chaz

    Chaz Poo-Bah (2,114) Feb 3, 2002 Minnesota
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    I soak and save about half of the labels (I already have a lot...) and the rest get soaked and tossed so that the bottles can be used for homebrew. I'm a bit nutty that way, but the old returnables, they's hard ta come by, these daze...
  26. MisSigsFan

    MisSigsFan Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2013 California

    I save any ones I deem special enough to display. Either throw the other ones away or save em for homebrew.
  27. Jae9979

    Jae9979 Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2012 New York

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  28. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (13,752) Mar 18, 2010 California

    I recycle to get my money back.
  29. darkandhoppy

    darkandhoppy Aspirant (268) Dec 26, 2008 Connecticut

    I dont save any of them (though I might save a Gandhi bot can or two, now that it's an endangered species)

    Other than that, I basically donate all my empties to the local high school's bottle drive. They use the proceeds to fund the Safe Grad party (oh the irony!))

    all that aside, my volume of empties has plummeted in the past year.......since I started going to Tree House so frequently. Refilling growlers at the brewery has done wonders for reducing my recycling footprint.
  30. hophugger

    hophugger Poo-Bah (2,290) Mar 5, 2014 Virginia


    This is what I do with mine.....Sorry you can only see 2 of the four walls I am working on...Also, no pictures of the Bomber Bookcase, lol
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  31. hophugger

    hophugger Poo-Bah (2,290) Mar 5, 2014 Virginia


    I also do this with my empties !!!!!!!!!
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  32. 57md

    57md Poo-Bah (2,913) Aug 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I save one of each of my very favorite beers. My hope is to design some sort of display in my basement (but that would require motivation).
  33. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (9,876) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    I remember living in base housing & having neighbors comment about how may bottles I recycled. I of course told them my wife had "issues":wink: Actually, I told them to fuck off & mind their own business.
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  34. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (9,876) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    Save the cans to give to the Humane Society, used to save them for my kids to sell, but they wanted me to do all the work, so screw'em. No one takes bottles around here. Hell they didn't start recycling around here in manner until about 6 months ago:grimacing:
  35. maz

    maz Aspirant (268) Apr 27, 2009 Illinois

    LOL... yeah my phone pics are beer, beer, beer, meat/steak, kid, cat, dog, dog, beer, (repeat)
  36. brother_rebus

    brother_rebus Champion (894) Jul 28, 2014 Maine

    Build my earthship. And ocassionally get deposits.
  37. Giantspace

    Giantspace Crusader (778) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Jesus Christ!

    That would be a great drinking room if I had a spare room.

  38. ivorycannon

    ivorycannon Zealot (544) Feb 21, 2013 Indiana

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  39. vurt

    vurt Meyvn (1,112) Apr 11, 2004 Oregon

    Usually I rinse out the empties and either recycle them or save them for homebrewing. Sometimes I'll peel off a label if the design is something I want to keep.
  40. NorthCoastPranqster

    NorthCoastPranqster Aspirant (273) Aug 14, 2013 Georgia

    I always throw them in the recycling bin in front of my house that gets picked up once every two weeks. I really wish they didn't pick it up at six in the morning though because it's pretty loud when they empty it.
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