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soonami
07-09-2012, 16:01
I recently polished off an OWA and ER10, which aren't particularly special bottles for display. Question is, does anyone have good uses for empty bottles. Most go into the recycling bin but if I finish something special, I'd like to do something cool with it

MyOldKyDram
07-09-2012, 16:09
Curious as well.

Only bottle I've saved is the Willet Pot Still. Middling bourbon but tis a sexy bottle. No idea what to do with it though, if anything.

Trey Manthey
07-09-2012, 16:33
Curious as well.

Only bottle I've saved is the Willet Pot Still. Middling bourbon but tis a sexy bottle. No idea what to do with it though, if anything.

I've heard it is particularly well suited to be a bon...ahem..."water pipe".

soad
07-09-2012, 17:14
I recently polished off an OWA and ER10, which aren't particularly special bottles for display. Question is, does anyone have good uses for empty bottles. Most go into the recycling bin but if I finish something special, I'd like to do something cool with it

I keep my OWA bottles around so I can empty half a new OWA into the old. I presently have 4 half full OWAs in the bunker airing out.

Bourbon Boiler
07-09-2012, 18:18
I keep a handful around to store some personal creations from aging experiments when they're ready to come out of the barrel. Outside of that, I've never found a good use.

Wedge
07-09-2012, 18:51
Fat-bottomed bottles (such as ORVW & Templeton) work great as lamp bases. I drill a small hole near the base to allow a small cord to pass through, find a decent little lampshade and... let there be light! Yes, drilling holes in glass can be a real PITA.
Unfortunately, some of the coolest bottles are tall and slender - not real practical as a lamp.

BFerguson
07-09-2012, 20:16
I'll always have one or two on hand for decanting or tasting purposes-for transporting the taste sample to the intended destination. Otherwise they hit the recycling bin.

And there is a saved one for keeping simple syrup in. Perviously it was a Baby Saz, I liked it for the look, but the misses didn't like the size, too tall. Now, ETL has the honors.

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Bourbon Boiler
07-09-2012, 20:17
Fat-bottomed bottles (such as ORVW & Templeton) work great as lamp bases. I drill a small hole near the base to allow a small cord to pass through, find a decent little lampshade and... let there be light! Yes, drilling holes in glass can be a real PITA.
Unfortunately, some of the coolest bottles are tall and slender - not real practical as a lamp.

I would think a Willett bottle would work nicely for this type of project.

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Lazer
07-09-2012, 20:28
you could refill it with apple juice and sell it on ebay for $40. :rolleyes:

DaveOfAtl
07-09-2012, 20:37
Just today, I filled an empty bottle with fresh cayenne peppers from the garden and hot apple cider vinegar to make pepper sauce for collards and such.

Wedge
07-09-2012, 20:54
I would think a Willett bottle would work nicely for this type of project.

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Definately! A nice, little antiqueish shade on top of that would look great as a desk lamp or on an end table.

Bmac
07-09-2012, 21:00
I keep my empty bottles around for vatting experiments or to age cocktails in.

HipFlask
07-09-2012, 21:10
I save my cooler bottles to refill with homemade Egg Nog and Hot Buttered Rum to then give out as gifts at Christmas and New Years

Clavius
07-09-2012, 21:13
I've saved some of the more special empty bottles like PVW, WLW, etc. Not sure what I'm going to do with them eventually but I may do the lamp thing with the WLW bottle as I think it is the nicest.

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Max Power
07-09-2012, 22:00
Make a booze shrine chandelier.

Halifax
07-10-2012, 06:33
I save OWA and ETL bottles. OWA works great for proofing down cask strength whiskey. I usually pour dusty handles into ETL bottles. The ETL bottles don't take up as much space on the whiskey shelf.

unclebunk
07-10-2012, 10:23
I've got dozens of empties tucked away and will eventually display them on shelves around the basement bar. As we all know, labels and bottle shapes change with regularity (OWA, ORVW, Weller 12, WT101, etc., not to mention real dusties) so it's nice to have the "older" bottles around to decorate the place.

White Dog
07-10-2012, 11:19
I slide my empties along the string of my diddley bow.

soonami
07-10-2012, 12:05
I save OWA and ETL bottles. OWA works great for proofing down cask strength whiskey. I usually pour dusty handles into ETL bottles. The ETL bottles don't take up as much space on the whiskey shelf.
These are both good suggestions. I've passed on some dusty handles because I didn't know if I wanted to commit that much space at the bar to them, but refilling a tall (ER10) or square (ETL) bottle would be a great space effective way to keep them at the bar


I've got dozens of empties tucked away and will eventually display them on shelves around the basement bar. As we all know, labels and bottle shapes change with regularity (OWA, ORVW, Weller 12, WT101, etc., not to mention real dusties) so it's nice to have the "older" bottles around to decorate the place.
Yeah I love the look of the older Weller bottles, but with a collection of empty beer bottles and homebrew bottles with labels I designed, I know that most eventually just get thrown out.


I keep my empty bottles around for vatting experiments or to age cocktails in.
Another great idea. It would be great to serve a mint julep from a 1.75 handle with a built in pourer!

JPBoston
07-10-2012, 13:53
Just today, I filled an empty bottle with fresh cayenne peppers from the garden and hot apple cider vinegar to make pepper sauce for collards and such.

Too funny... I just used a bottle of OGD BIB to house a homemade hot sauce myself, about 3 days ago. It was an emergency, as the wife began to make her awesome chili, and we realized we had not hot sauce to put in it.

How do you like the taste of the Cayenne peppers (in the sauce)? Does it resemble Frank's Red Hot in any way? The dried peppers we had on hand weren't cayenne, and I wasn't in love with the flavor, but it worked well enough in the chili. :)

DaveOfAtl
07-10-2012, 14:45
The fresh cayenne peppers work perfectly for this application, whether they be green or red. It's not like a regular "hot sauce," though. This is really just a spicy vinegar that southerners typically refer to as "pepper sauce" that we put on vegetables (collard greens, okra, black eyed peas, etc.). I am, however, very interested in attempting a homemade hot sauce, akin to a Franks. I haven't tried that yet, though. I used a E.H. Taylor tornado survivor bottle, by the way, which looks pretty awesome on my counter.

Enoch
07-10-2012, 15:32
Fat-bottomed bottles (such as ORVW & Templeton) work great as lamp bases. I drill a small hole near the base to allow a small cord to pass through, find a decent little lampshade and... let there be light! Yes, drilling holes in glass can be a real PITA.
Unfortunately, some of the coolest bottles are tall and slender - not real practical as a lamp.

I do something similar except I fill the bottle with x-mas lights, cut the plug off and run it out the drilled hole and put the plug back on. Nice accent lights. Got the idea from a local bartender who sells them.

fishnbowljoe
07-10-2012, 16:03
I pretty much do the same things as most of y'all do. I keep my empty ETL and Weller Centennial bottles for decanting handles, smaller vattings, etc... I wholeheartedly agree that they do take up less shelf space. (and they fit in shipping boxes better too :grin: ) I also keep a couple of empty Weller 12, OWA or Weller SR bottles in case I open a bottle and a cork breaks. I also keep at least one empty Weller SR handle on hand in case I want to do a vatting of two full 750's. Re: SB or Weller blend, or Joe's Reserve. Joe's Reserve is my 1:1 vatting of WTRB and WTRR 10/90.

Once in a while my wife will get flowers to put on the server in our dining room. She liked one of my bottles, and when it was empty, she used it as a flower vase. I believe it was either a FR Mariage or Angel's Envy bottle. I can't remember which one it was. I haven't seen it in a while, so it may have ended up in the recycle bin. :rolleyes:

One novel idea that another member here (ACDetroit IIRC) once talked about, was having a glass cutter cut down empty BTAC bottles, and make them into rocks glasses.

Young Blacksmith
07-10-2012, 18:37
Windchime - knock the bottom off using the burning string/bucket of water method, put a wooden bead on a string, and hang it appropriately. Different sizes will make different tones.

I like to keep at most 1 empty around for decanting. Most of the empties I have go into a retaining wall (for outdoor display) mixed with concrete, mortar, and chicken wire.

We use empty beer bottles to make raised beds for the garden, and I have an outdoor oven project I'd like to do one day using the bottles and mortar for a base. Makes some really nice, unusual accents around the grassy spots.

soonami
07-10-2012, 20:12
... I also keep a couple of empty Weller 12, OWA or Weller SR bottles in case I open a bottle and a cork breaks...
That's actually a really good use I hadn't thought about


One novel idea that another member here (ACDetroit IIRC) once talked about, was having a glass cutter cut down empty BTAC bottles, and make them into rocks glasses.
I've tried doing this with beer bottles before, but it's a lot of work, requiring an expensive glass cutter and a grinding wheel for sanding down the edges.

Tico
07-10-2012, 22:02
This empty bottle of VWFRR lives on as olive oil for cooking and topping

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KyFriedChicken
06-24-2013, 15:47
My wife made a Tiki Torch out of my Blanton's. I'm impressed. Will mount on the fence post.

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TheNovaMan
06-24-2013, 16:44
That's cool. Did she use a replacement wick and just drill a hole in the cap/cork?

KyFriedChicken
06-24-2013, 16:58
That's cool. Did she use a replacement wick and just drill a hole in the cap/cork?

Yep. Bought the wicks from Lowes and drilled a 1/4" hole to run it through. Started small on the hole and worked up to keep from destroying the horse and the cork. Cork holds it it so it needs to survive the drilling. Thanks I'll let her know she did good!

smokinjoe
06-24-2013, 18:05
Yep. Bought the wicks from Lowes and drilled a 1/4" hole to run it through. Started small on the hole and worked up to keep from destroying the horse and the cork. Cork holds it it so it needs to survive the drilling. Thanks I'll let her know she did good!

Nice job to MrsKFC on that Blanton's, in that she was able to salvage the beautiful stopper. I have done similar torches with OF Birthday Bourbons and RHF bottles. The OFBB is a PITA on the bar, but is a great stable platform for this!! :D I went with copper plumbing pieces
for the top. Didn't trust the cork from not burning on the OFBB (the stopper is entirely made of cork, and didn't think I could successfully drill the RHF. I'll try the Blanton's next. Again, well done!

smknjoe
06-24-2013, 18:17
My wife made a Tiki Torch out of my Blanton's. I'm impressed. Will mount on the fence post.

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Nice job to MrsKFC on that Blanton's, in that she was able to salvage the beautiful stopper. I have done similar torches with OF Birthday Bourbons and RHF bottles. The OFBB is a PITA on the bar, but is a great stable platform for this!! :D I went with copper plumbing pieces
for the top. Didn't trust the cork from not burning on the OFBB (the stopper is entirely made of cork, and didn't think I could successfully drill the RHF. I'll try the Blanton's next. Again, well done!

That really is a great use for those bottles. The copper looks cool and functional.

393foureyedfox
06-24-2013, 19:56
that blantons tiki looks like a little grenade!


i keep a few screw-cap bottles around and put home made drinks in them. great for refilling with homemade limoncello made with vodka and everclear, and tossing them in the freezer. I also rebottle homemade apple cider/sugar/cinnamon/clove/bourbon for storage or gifts

most stuff just goes into the recycle bin though.

the angels envy bottle would make a cool vase as someone above mentioned.

lrochau
06-25-2013, 20:44
I've taken empty BTAC bottles and filled them with black aquarium rocks to help white labels stick out.... Make great book-ends on the shelf.

skidfive
06-25-2013, 20:58
Most go in the trash, But i made a candle out of an old bottle of makers mark. filled it with water, red food dye, red candle in the top, with extra wax dripped over the wax that is already there. Wish I still had a picture of it

Danger
06-27-2013, 05:40
One novel idea that another member here (ACDetroit IIRC) once talked about, was having a glass cutter cut down empty BTAC bottles, and make them into rocks glasses.
This sounds incredibly amazing. Has anyone ever managed to do this?

squire
06-27-2013, 06:30
I recall a guy doing something like that with wine bottles but he was making candle holders.

Trey Manthey
06-27-2013, 09:52
BTAC bottles make the best Molotov cocktails.

mbroo5880i
06-27-2013, 10:37
BTAC bottles make the best Molotov cocktails.

:lol:

Actually, I remember that you could buy a glass cutter and sander to make coke bottles into drinking glasses when I was a kid.

bmajazz
06-27-2013, 23:57
Small bottles (less than 750ml-4/5 qt) for decanting contents of larger bottles that have been partially consumed. Everything else recycled. When you have 100+ full bottles it's hard to keep empties. One or two for candles. I have a 1949 OT BiB bottle for that purpose, though the top broke off partially.

ethangsmith
06-29-2013, 12:33
I keep one of every bottle I've had as proof I'm not talking out my a** when I make an opinion on a whiskey. After I have one bottle saved, the rest get recycled or donated to my friend's dad. He melts them and makes wind chimes out of them.

theglobalguy
06-29-2013, 14:25
I keep one of every bottle I've had as proof I'm not talking out my a** when I make an opinion on a whiskey. After I have one bottle saved, the rest get recycled or donated to my friend's dad. He melts them and makes wind chimes out of them.

Damn, that could turn into a massive pile of empties over the years. "no no, don't open that door...that's the empty room"

ethangsmith
06-29-2013, 14:48
It already has! My garage walls are lined with dozens of bottles. I actually ran out of space this week with the addition of a bottle of Bulleit Rye and a bottle of Johnny Drum Private Stock. I need to get some more shelves installed soon!

theglobalguy
06-29-2013, 14:52
You could always take photos? Hold the day's newspaper up to prove the date!

ChainWhip
06-29-2013, 17:31
You could always take photos? Hold the day's newspaper up to prove the date!

People still get newspapers? :D

TheNovaMan
06-29-2013, 18:35
I keep one of every bottle I've had as proof I'm not talking out my a** when I make an opinion on a whiskey. After I have one bottle saved, the rest get recycled or donated to my friend's dad. He melts them and makes wind chimes out of them. Ditto, except for the wind chime part. I always save my very first bottle, and I sometimes save another if the label changes.