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    What do you guys do with your empty bottles?

    There are some really neat ones out there..My buddy and I save all of ours that we drink in his tavern..I save some of mine at home,like the Rock Hill Farms bottle and the Pappy Van Winkle 15 and 20yr bottles...I would like to hear from you all..Anyone else save any?

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    Re: What do you guys do with your empty bottles?

    Most of them get tossed out but I do save a few. Some are for decorative purposes, these are generally nice decanters and older bottles. I don't really consider myself a decanter collector and probably only have 2 that aren't sealed. Others are saved for their re-usability. These are nicer bottles and bottles that are easily "anonymized". The Pappy Van Winkle bottles are a good example of this, sometimes the labels just kind of fall off right after you fill them with hot water and drop them in a sink full of it. The BTAC bottles are also nice once you get the labels off.
    One thing I wanted to do was remove the labels from all of the bottles I have with paper labels and completely cover the back of one of the shelves I keep my whiskey on but I've pretty much abandoned this practice. Most labels are just too hard to get off. They don't soak off well as they either don't come off or come off in pieces. Some can be removed by a hair dryer but this is too time consuming and I burn my fingers a lot doing this. Any suggestions as to how to do this are welcome.
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    Re: What do you guys do with your empty bottles?

    I haven't saved may in the past, but will probably hang onto bottles like Wild Turkey American Spirit, ORVW 10yo (UK bottle) and, if I ever buy a bottle, Rock Hill Farms.
    Sometimes I used to fill the rarer bottles with something from the same family eg put some WT 80 proof in the Tribute bottle for display reasons, but that's rare.
    Mostly they get tossed in the bin to make way for more bottles.

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    Re: What do you guys do with your empty bottles?

    I have turned some of the nicer empty bottles into lamps. I have an empty I.W. Harper 15yr. gold vein bottle that is filled with black sand and has a gold glass bead lampshade. The gold veins in the glass show up nicely against the black sand backround!

    Thomas

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    Re: What do you guys do with your empty bottles?

    I toss mine most the time as well. I have kept a coupe for a buddt who put candles in them and I have a WT 375 ml to put bourbon in for travel.

    In the end I need space for more full ones

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    Re: What do you guys do with your empty bottles?

    I want to save the nicer bottles, but the bottles that are still in the rotation are taking up more room that I have already. Still, I have a few, like the BTAC etc. But every now and then I throw a bunch of bottles out that I didn`t have the heart to toss when they were first emptied.

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    Re: What do you guys do with your empty bottles?

    Quote Originally Posted by gothbat View Post
    Others are saved for their re-usability. These are nicer bottles and bottles that are easily "anonymized". The Pappy Van Winkle bottles are a good example of this, sometimes the labels just kind of fall off right after you fill them with hot water and drop them in a sink full of it.
    The VW/PVW bottles are a standard type made by a third party and sold to a variety of producers, including BMH and the brandy distiller Germain-Robin. I save these and use them when I come up with a vatting I like enough to produce in quantity. I'll fire up PhotoShop on the 'pooter and print up a label, grab the Scotch Artist Adhesive (which later will dissolve in warm water when need be), spray some on the label, slap it on the bottle and OO-LA (as the French people say) I've got a Special Bottling.

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    I see I've graduated to Taster. It's gonna be GTS tonight!
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    Re: What do you guys do with your empty bottles?

    I used to scream and throw them into the fireplace. But my wife says to "cut that out".
    John B

    "Drinking when we are not thirsty and making love at all seasons… that is all there is to distinguish us from other animals."

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    Re: What do you guys do with your empty bottles?

    We have been filling our empties with amber colored water and lining a shelf in my friend's basement..Looks like a wall of full bourbon bottles..Pretty neat..The shelf runs the width of the walls several feet from the ceiling..

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    Re: What do you guys do with your empty bottles?

    Use the aromas trapped inside the bottle to help make the city dump smell better.

 

 

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