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    What to do with empty bottles?

    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

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    Re: What to do with empty bottles?

    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.

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    Re: What to do with empty bottles?

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOldKyDram View Post
    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".

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    Re: What to do with empty bottles?

    Quote Originally Posted by soonami View Post
    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.
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    Re: What to do with empty bottles?

    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.

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    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.

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    Re: What to do with empty bottles?

    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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    Re: What to do with empty bottles?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wedge View Post
    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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    Re: What to do with empty bottles?

    you could refill it with apple juice and sell it on ebay for $40.

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    Re: What to do with empty bottles?

    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.

 

 

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