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collateral for home brew filled growlers
« on: April 25, 2011, 11:05:08 PM »
Now I understand why craft brewers ask for deposits when loaning out kegged beer.  Equipment such as these growlers below is one of the many ways us home brewers distribute our beer to friends and family.  When I loan out a drill motor I expect to get it back, the same goes for these growlers.  I don't know how many growler filled beers I've passes out to friends and family, only to have them tell me they threw the growler away.

My large inventory of growlers is suffering from filling them for family and friends.  I don't know how to handle this.  Maybe a deposit is needed? Maybe I shouldn't lend them out.  Any advice?



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Re: collateral for home brew filled growlers
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2011, 11:13:48 PM »
Funny timing. I was just grabbing a CD to loan a friend at work.  Whenever I loan a book or CD I either write on or place a sticky note label that reads, "I live at Pinski's house" as a friendly reminder of the loan and expected return. Keep sharing.
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Re: collateral for home brew filled growlers
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2011, 11:38:29 PM »
When I share my beverages with friends I remind them that I make beer, mead, etc, but I do not make bottles.  If they want to receive more beer, mead, etc. they need to bring the bottles back.
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Re: collateral for home brew filled growlers
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2011, 11:44:55 PM »
I think it's just an educational thing - before you give someone a growler tell them how much it costs and that it needs to be returned after they're done. For people who only ever drink bottled beer from the shop I think it's a normal reaction - if you've never had to pay for your own bottles you don't know not to throw them out.
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Re: collateral for home brew filled growlers
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2011, 12:09:45 AM »
Same as punatic, I tell them that if they ever want more they're going to have to return it.  I've also been known to tape reminders to stuff.  It's good to share, don't let it stop you.  Just explain the etiquette.
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Re: collateral for home brew filled growlers
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2011, 05:40:48 AM »
I make it clear that I make beer not bottles, and that I hate delabeling and cleaning.  I want them back clean, not with some bad science experiment going on at the bottom.

If these rules are not followed, I make a mental note - "No beer for you!".
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Re: collateral for home brew filled growlers
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2011, 07:19:02 AM »
No return, no refill. Return 'em rinsed because your next beer may be filled on top of that "bad science experiment".  ;D
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Re: collateral for home brew filled growlers
« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2011, 10:38:51 AM »
I make it clear that I make beer not bottles, and that I hate delabeling and cleaning.  I want them back clean, not with some bad science experiment going on at the bottom.

If these rules are not followed, I make a mental note - "No beer for you!".


+1 When I pass out beer, instead of asking for the bottle back, I explain the proper bottle cleanig procedure. I tell them, "that way next time I fill it for you, if will make cleaning the bottle a lot easier for me." I have never had so much as a bottle un-returned.
  In fact, one of my good friends in Ohio drank a lot of craft beer with crown caps. He rinsed them all for me, and gave them to me. To the point I had to ask him to stop, as I was overwhemled with bottles. When I moved to Idaho, I tossed over 200.
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Re: collateral for home brew filled growlers
« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2011, 11:50:58 AM »
I don't loan out my growlers. But, when I give beer to my friends it's in 12oz brown bottles and tell them don't bother to return them. Just recycle instead.

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Re: collateral for home brew filled growlers
« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2011, 12:01:20 PM »
  In fact, one of my good friends in Ohio drank a lot of craft beer with crown caps. He rinsed them all for me, and gave them to me. To the point I had to ask him to stop, as I was overwhemled with bottles. When I moved to Idaho, I tossed over 200.

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Re: collateral for home brew filled growlers
« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2011, 12:30:36 PM »
No return, no refill. Return 'em rinsed because your next beer may be filled on top of that "bad science experiment".  ;D
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Re: collateral for home brew filled growlers
« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2011, 06:36:37 PM »
I don't loan out my growlers. But, when I give beer to my friends it's in 12oz brown bottles and tell them don't bother to return them. Just recycle instead.

It's too easy to set oneself up for disappointment.

Here in Michigan, those 12 oz. bottles are $0.10 a pop.  It adds up.  
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Re: collateral for home brew filled growlers
« Reply #12 on: April 26, 2011, 06:53:40 PM »
I have no idea why they aren't refundable here in Texas. Bottles should be.

Which brings to mind memories of 6th street. Hit the alleys Sunday morning and one sees dumpsters filled to the top with beer bottles. Not a trash-bottle mix. All beer bottles right to the top. What a waste.
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Re: collateral for home brew filled growlers
« Reply #13 on: April 26, 2011, 06:59:08 PM »
I have no idea why they aren't refundable here in Texas. Bottles should be.

Which brings to mind memories of 6th street. Hit the alleys Sunday morning and one sees dumpsters filled to the top with beer bottles. Not a trash-bottle mix. All beer bottles right to the top. What a waste.

Austin, right?  That is what one would expect from walking down that street early on a Saturday.   

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Re: collateral for home brew filled growlers
« Reply #14 on: April 26, 2011, 07:27:24 PM »

Austin, right?  That is what one would expect from walking down that street early on a Saturday.   

Yep. And outside the fraternities in West Campus after kegs were banned? Same thing. Dumpsters full of beer cans or bottles. I didn't know what a growler was until I moved to San Antonio. :-\
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