Acquiring Free BottlesWith no effort
Posted 31 January 2012 - 08:27 AM
Posted 31 January 2012 - 11:22 AM
Posted 31 January 2012 - 11:43 AM
My newest source: Since I wanted non-wine bottles for SkeeterPee and mead and I don't want to pay for them. So, I contacted the little, and very busy, Mexican restaurant in my town and asked them for all their "Mexican" coca cola bottles & their empty Jarritos bottles. They are also saving an assortment of beer bottles for me. They double rinse them and then stash them in the big plastic bin I provide for them. They even call me when the bin is full. They told me if I want ALL the empty bottles, regardless of what type of bottle, or any other bottle types, just let them know. Otherwise they throw them away. I made the arrangement last week and they called a little bit ago to tell me the bin is full, come & get them.
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Posted 28 March 2012 - 03:32 AM
Posted 29 March 2012 - 09:24 AM
5 gallons of Merlot; 10 gallons of Red Ale, 5 gallons of Skeeter Pee
Posted 29 March 2012 - 11:27 AM
I also have a few wine stores that save some of their bottles after tastings. The last one gives me a reason to visit the wine store too; love that part.
Primary - JAOM, Banana wine.
Secondary - Italian Chianti, Concord, WE Trinity White, WE SI Montepulciano, Chilean Cab., Cheap-curse Barolo kit.
Posted 29 March 2012 - 03:18 PM
VR Zinfandel | RJ Concord | Damson Plum/Pomegranate | Cranberry/Zinfandel | Cranberry Apple Chablis
Posted 29 March 2012 - 06:29 PM
I just posted an ad and there were many people who wished to give away their bottles out of environmental concern.
Posted 17 April 2012 - 07:28 PM
I have so much more respect for farmers now!
6 Black Spanish, 4 Seedless Concords, 4 Cabernet Sauvignon, 4 Zin,
7 Pino, 6 blueberry, 60 strawberry, 2 Peach trees, 2 Apple Trees, 1 Heritage Raspberry bush
Posted 18 April 2012 - 06:49 AM
They have several hundred of empty bottle cases sitting in the back they want to get rid of, so cleaning, organizing and de-labeling them is the only effort here.
Now, getting friends to bring you the cobalt blue bottles - that's a great idea.
Posted 21 April 2012 - 10:10 AM
Posted 28 May 2012 - 07:11 AM
We bottled yesterday and I am always amazed at how we continue to have to replenish our bottle stores. Between sharing wine, and not keeping up with what Wade makes every year, we find ourselves scrounging for more bottles at least once a year. We started out by climbing in the recycling bins (Wade did...) in Washington State (a little gross at first) to now having people bring them to our house. We have about ten cases of bottles we want to take to recycling because they aren't what we want (people bring by the strangest stuff!). An Amish fellow asked Wade would he please take a few boxes of empty bottles off his hands that had been in his barn for years. They were mostly hard liquor bottles but Wade took them anyway to be polite. I think most of the ones we got from the Amish fellow are going to recycling eventually. It's taking the time to get there that is the difficult part. The unusual ones are cool, but it is easier to store bottles that are alike. We did get a few really old strange bottles from the Amish neighbor. He'd probably be really embarrassed to think anyone might know he had them. They were on his place when he bought it, if I remember what he said. it's been a couple years now and they're still in our barn!
It seems like we always have more of the kinds we don't prefer, so it is always more difficult to come up with our favorites. We should bottle batches using both kinds: bottles we want to keep and bottles we don't. That way we could give away the ones we want to cull out of our bottles and eventually have less of the ones we don't like. We got a bunch of cases of 6.99 bottles that aren't very stackable a few years back. If we'd use them for every batch we make, we could have one area of the wine room that was for storing wine to give away - in those bottles. Most people don't care too much what bottle they get their wine in, but of course it's always nice to give it away in the loveliest bottles, too.
We have blue bottles, but haven't bottled in the blues since around 2006. I'm not sure why. Maybe we need to trade for blues - very good idea! I think we don't have enough to bottle more than a small batch in them, or else we've got some of them stored out of sight and hard to find. Probably gave too many of them away.
Posted 28 May 2012 - 07:39 AM
Posted 28 May 2012 - 11:32 PM
Posted 29 May 2012 - 05:08 AM
The Best of Times is Now! :0)
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