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gcam333:
Is it safe to re-use commercial beer bottles (non-screw) or should you always use returnable type?

tygo:
Yes, it's safe to re-use the commercial bottles.  That's where 95% of my bottles come from. 

gcam333:
Thanks,
I'm new and I had read about possible bombs because the non-returnables were thinner gauge glass. I guess if you have bombs you have other problems anyway.

denny:
Around here, all commercial bottles are returnable.

hokerer:

--- Quote from: gcam333 on March 17, 2010, 07:29:00 AM ---Thanks,
I'm new and I had read about possible bombs because the non-returnables were thinner gauge glass. I guess if you have bombs you have other problems anyway.

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The thinnest non-screwoff bottles I've run across are from Michelob Amber Bock - noticeably thinner than regular craft beer non-screwoffs.  That said, I have bottled in them with no problems but, if you want to be ultra safe, just stay away from bottles from the big boys.

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