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

    Quote Originally Posted by wildcatdon View Post
    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..
    I like this, if space and time provides. Great, historical record. Kudos!
    But, frankly, I save only bottles that were special to ME -- for whatever reason. I try, when extractable, to save ALL unique labels. Everything else goes in the Dumpster, I'm afraid.
    Tim

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

    I don't know why, but I seem to hang on to my empties. From where I'm sitting I can see my last 3, a WTRB, Blanton's Gold and a WR.

    In my garage I have a Weller 12, Basil Hayden, Gentleman Jack and a few CC12s. I have used a CC12 bottle for sugar syrup (I have some in the fridge for Mint Juleps), but I don't really know why I have the others. I probably wont throw the Weller 12 or Blanton's bottle out, ut the others may see the recycling bin.

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

    My buddy in Oregon who has a Ranch and therefore a barn, and furthermore the space, wants all the emtpies for the barn. I've shipped some of my empties, but not many, and all those we've finished up there are in the barn, one with a strange note that was written after a long (too long) night of drinking (too much) wild turkey after my ex-wife left me. Aahhh the good ole days... Anyway, I am trying to save the rest to get there as the decoration in a barn is really fitting somehow, and, well my home will soon be much closer than it is now... Bottom line, if it is a one of kind, say a VOF, it'll get saved or even something that isn't produced I do think it should be displayed somehow if space is available.
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    Re: What do you guys do with your empty bottles?

    I rarely empty a bottle having gone so overboard with all the varieties I have obtained over the past few years. The bottle that started my collection, a Booker's, is still about half full. The ones I do empty are usually ones that I have replacements for so they get tossed. In a similar thread years ago I suggested that you estimate the mash bill on the bottling and proportion whole grains in levels inside the bottle as a showpiece though. Like half corn, a quarter rye, and a quarter barley. I haven't done this yet but someday will when I get around to emptying some of my favorites.

    Now that I think about it, this is almost equal to people having taxidermists stuff their pets. I find that sort of morbid...
    Dane
    I don't drink to excess. But I'll drink to most anything else.

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

    It has been three years now that I have decided to jump into this bourbon thing.
    I wanted to try for myself every bourbon I could and it has been and still is a hell of an experience on many levels.
    I have kept a least one of every bottle I have tried.
    Some more than one like the WLW from the BTAC and the Stagg's also the Pappy's and WT Kentuckey Spirit.
    I recently thinned out my empties (a lot of clanging at the recycle center that day) but I have kept the faux leather neck rider from all the FR Single Barrells.
    Why? not sure, maybe as souvenirs from the journey/experience that I took with them.
    ovh

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

    I use a lot of my empty bottles to split purchases with a friend on this board. Often I haven't tried a given bottle or it's very pricey so we'll split the contents using old bottles for that purpose and this way if it's not to my taste I don't have too much to drink before I can toss it.
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    Re: What do you guys do with your empty bottles?

    Quote Originally Posted by JamesW View Post
    I use a lot of my empty bottles to split purchases with a friend on this board. Often I haven't tried a given bottle or it's very pricey so we'll split the contents using old bottles for that purpose and this way if it's not to my taste I don't have too much to drink before I can toss it.

    That's using the ol' noggin.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by jburlowski View Post
    I used to scream and throw them into the fireplace. But my wife says to "cut that out".
    LOL!

    I throw most of them out, but keep a few of the more decorative ones, like the RHF bottle.
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    Re: What do you guys do with your empty bottles?

    Saving empty bottles? If you display them, you have to dust them! Ours all go in the recycling bin!

    Dawn

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

    Quote Originally Posted by luv2hunt View Post
    Saving empty bottles? If you display them, you have to dust them! Ours all go in the recycling bin!

    Dawn
    This is the main reason why all my bottles live in boxes and not on display...you don't have to dust boxes...lol
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