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White Labs vials?
« on: August 17, 2012, 05:20:11 PM »
After recently making a starter for a rather large brew day, I got to thinking: there's got to be a use for all of these White Labs vials. So, let's hear it -- what's the best use of the vials once they're empty?

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Re: White Labs vials?
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2012, 05:50:13 PM »
best use i've found so far is recycling...I tried every chemical in the house to get that sticky label glue off but to no avail.
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Re: White Labs vials?
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2012, 06:06:05 PM »
I was going to say exchange the labels for yeast coupons at http://www.whitelabs.com/beer/homebrew_customerclub.html.

However, I've never gotten around to trying to get the labels off.  From tony's post that may be easier said than done.

I just throw them into a box when I'm done with them for some unspecified, future use.
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« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2012, 06:07:27 PM »
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Re: White Labs vials?
« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2012, 06:27:34 PM »
They're about the right size for saving seeds.

I was going to say exchange the labels for yeast coupons at http://www.whitelabs.com/beer/homebrew_customerclub.html.


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Re: White Labs vials?
« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2012, 05:51:38 AM »
When the Spousal Unit packs me a salad for lunch, she uses an empty vial for salad dressing.
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White Labs vials?
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2012, 06:35:44 AM »
When the Spousal Unit packs me a salad for lunch, she uses an empty vial for salad dressing.

+1. That's the best use I have found for them as well. I saved the for years in order to do the mail in/free yeast thing but they just piled up and I ended up throwing most of them away.
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Re: White Labs vials?
« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2012, 07:36:40 AM »
If you have good samitation, you can refill with starter wort, you will get a small amount of clean yeast that can be bumped up for another beer.

The LHBS collected the 5000 vials and had Chris White come out for a day.
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Re: White Labs vials?
« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2012, 09:08:28 AM »
I was going to say exchange the labels for yeast coupons at http://www.whitelabs.com/beer/homebrew_customerclub.html.

I had no idea this was even an option! Awesome!

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Re: White Labs vials?
« Reply #9 on: August 18, 2012, 12:53:20 PM »
When the Spousal Unit packs me a salad for lunch, she uses an empty vial for salad dressing.
My wife has used them for her salad dressing for years now.
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Re: White Labs vials?
« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2012, 04:21:23 AM »
Hold on to them until you have enough to turn in for merchandise from White Labs. 
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Re: White Labs vials?
« Reply #11 on: August 21, 2012, 11:02:55 AM »
Chris White is totally going to have to come to my house.
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Re: White Labs vials?
« Reply #12 on: August 21, 2012, 12:48:03 PM »
I was going to say exchange the labels for yeast coupons at http://www.whitelabs.com/beer/homebrew_customerclub.html.

However, I've never gotten around to trying to get the labels off.  From tony's post that may be easier said than done.

I just throw them into a box when I'm done with them for some unspecified, future use.

Getting the labels off is easy, but you end up leaving some backing paper and glue behind.  I've never had any luck getting the glue off either so I pull the labels off, stick the labels in an envelope, and then recycle the vials.

At one point I figured that trading for free yeast coupons was the ideal way to go.  You don't have to pay shipping on the coupon unlike everything else (I doubt you have to pay shipping on the 5000 label prize)


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Re: White Labs vials?
« Reply #13 on: August 21, 2012, 12:58:58 PM »
i have cleaned them and put yeast from a harvest in them with a little beer. saved for the next starter.
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Re: White Labs vials?
« Reply #14 on: August 21, 2012, 02:18:55 PM »
i have used them as tubes for some of my smaller cigars.  try wd40 to get the glue off, but it will of course need a thorough cleaning.