Sourcing Likker Bottles

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Sourcing Likker Bottles

Post by bacstill » Thu Nov 12, 2020 4:55 am

Hello All
I am wondering where you source your bottles for your finished products. Been looking into some 750ml whiskey and gin bottles, but would prefer to support a small(er) company if possible.

What bottles do you use? What corks and labels? Thanks in advance. :P

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Post by bacstill » Thu Nov 12, 2020 4:56 am

Also apologies if this was in the wrong board -- Couldn't find a better fit.

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Post by TXChiliMayo » Thu Nov 12, 2020 4:59 am

https://www.berlinpackaging.com/

They have some interesting ones and some on clearance now. But I’m having trouble finding the iconic single malt shape ones. Though I have time, I’m also picky with what I want to use.

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Post by BigJames » Thu Nov 12, 2020 5:06 am

I’ve had good luck with a company called packaging options direct. They have several nice likker bottles. They even have bottles with finger rings.

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Post by Bushman » Thu Nov 12, 2020 5:53 am

I use used whiskey and rum bottles. My fishing partner loves Bushmill and gave me his empties until I had more than I could use. I like the shape of the bottle as the base is square which makes it easy to stack on a shelf.

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Post by chickenfeed » Thu Nov 12, 2020 6:36 am

This is where I get mine prices are good and free shipping

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Post by Bushman » Thu Nov 12, 2020 6:42 am

chickenfeed wrote:
Thu Nov 12, 2020 6:36 am
This is where I get mine prices are good and free shipping
Do you have a link to share?

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Post by dieselduo » Thu Nov 12, 2020 6:45 am

I use clear wine bottles with t corks

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Post by jonnys_spirit » Thu Nov 12, 2020 1:41 pm

I make wine so have a bunch of wine bottles and also use either the reusable whiskey corks or a regular wine cork. I've got a handful of decanters too and will keep other cool looking whiskey bottles that I can re-label. If it's etched or I can't remove the branding then it goes in the recycle bin... Just picked up a decanter from amazon with a glass skull on the inside..

Mostly the stuff stays in various aging jugs on oak (assortment of 0.5G and 1G glass) and I fill one bottle at a time.. Right now the barrels are holding wine & port.

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Post by CoogeeBoy » Thu Nov 12, 2020 1:52 pm

My tip, go for 500ml bottles instead of 750ml for gin etc if you are giving them as gifts. They look pretty similar in size and you get more bottles out of each run!

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Post by Durhommer » Thu Nov 12, 2020 2:43 pm

I dont believe in the package so much as what's in it....
Whatever empties I can get I use but I'm just as tight as bark on a tree so....
You have two ears and one mouth for a reason....

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Post by Grappa-Gringo » Thu Nov 12, 2020 2:44 pm

I use 375ml bottles... basically dessert wine bottles from the local home wine making shop-- I'll cork them and then dip them in a hot red or black sealing wax and let it drip down...like the Gran Marnier bottle.....OR.... there are some nice small maple syrup bottles that have a hoop handle on them...Either one works for me.
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Post by The Baker » Thu Nov 12, 2020 4:51 pm

You could do what banknote printers have done in the past; (use empty commercial spirit bottles and) overprint the labels!

Say you are John Smith, and you have some Johnny Walker bottles.
Print up some sticky labels (or use gum); maybe longish and narrowish and a bright colour.

JOHN SMITH'S PRIVATE LABEL

and maybe some other info

Anyway stick the label diagonally across the original label.

Voila; and no need to remove the old labels.

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Post by chickenfeed » Fri Dec 11, 2020 1:35 pm

I will buy 2.5 gallon beverage servers at pottery barn or Walmart and replace the plastic spout with a stainless or copper one and then leave it on my bar and pour out of that. You can even use it to oak in.

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Post by SassyFrass » Fri Dec 11, 2020 8:06 pm

Used to pick up nice once used bottles from some bartenders I know. Even dumpster dived a few times to get usable bottles, also used pickle jars, gallon cider jugs and a few other things. I like the pickle jars for flavoring with wood. But all that stuff I've just acquired over the year from friends and family. We still save all our empties, even though we havent cooked a drop in a few years.
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Post by Yonder » Fri Dec 11, 2020 10:25 pm

Made friends with a meadery and a brewery. They aren’t allowed to reuse bottles by law. Convinced ‘em that me recycling em was better’n busting ‘em up. Picked up plenty of wine bottles and over 100, 500ml clear bottles for mead and makings.
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Post by WithOrWithoutU2 » Fri Dec 11, 2020 10:43 pm

I use mason jars and replace the lids with PTFE discs. Seals very nicely.

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Post by SassyFrass » Sat Dec 12, 2020 7:20 am

WithOrWithoutU2 wrote:I use mason jars and replace the lids with PTFE discs. Seals very nicely.
+1
Good thing about this is that Mason jars are stackable, bottles aint. PTFE lids are easy to make too.
Simple Lil' Pot Still, no temp guage, no carbon, no scrubbers, nuthin' fancy. Sometimes use a thumper, sometimes don't.

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Post by 8Ball » Sat Dec 12, 2020 7:44 am

dieselduo wrote:
Thu Nov 12, 2020 6:45 am
I use clear wine bottles with t corks
+1

And use blue tape with a sharpie to know what is in them.

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Post by JesseMarques » Sat Dec 12, 2020 7:56 am

Recicling facilities. At least where I live glass bottles can be found in glass recicling plants, I can even have some preference on bottle types because I gift the owner with some likker

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Post by Deplorable » Sat Dec 12, 2020 8:00 am

I'm a stingy bastard, and been saving my empty scotch bottles. Scotch Blue masking tape and a sharpie. Product goes from the aging jar to a recycled bottle as needed. I'll eventually have to buy a case or two of bottles when the barrel needs emptied, or a few more gallon jugs.
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Post by Demy » Sat Dec 12, 2020 8:22 am

I use what I find for free, sometimes I use a "beautiful" bottle that is filled with a "less beautiful" one. Strictly in glass. My labels? Manuscript paper tape with distillate type, vol. It is given. At the moment I use this method, I'm not against beautiful things on the contrary .., it's just more practical.

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Post by WithOrWithoutU2 » Sat Dec 12, 2020 10:45 am

SassyFrass wrote:
Sat Dec 12, 2020 7:20 am
WithOrWithoutU2 wrote:I use mason jars and replace the lids with PTFE discs. Seals very nicely.
+1
Good thing about this is that Mason jars are stackable, bottles aint. PTFE lids are easy to make too.
I don't make mine. I just buy them. Cheap and they have perfect sizes for both wide and regular mouth size for Mason jars. I've been experimenting with aging in large ones too with pin holes in the lids to "breathe" . So far I think the pin holes have been too small and basically reseals.

Here is a link. https://www.usplastic.com/catalog/item. ... &catid=720

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Post by Oldvine Zin » Tue Dec 15, 2020 10:30 pm

Used to get glass at specialty bottle, local so no expensive shipping charges, now with the covid no local pickup :cry: so been sourcing recycling bins. The neighbors must think that I'm some crazy dude but I have noticed that a lot of them are drinking crap Kentucky whiskey from trader joe's, not sure about the quality in the bottle but I can only guess. But great 750 ML bottles for free. They are the ones on the right side.

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Post by SassyFrass » Tue Dec 15, 2020 10:44 pm

Looks very good OVZ.
Simple Lil' Pot Still, no temp guage, no carbon, no scrubbers, nuthin' fancy. Sometimes use a thumper, sometimes don't.

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Post by Windswept » Wed Dec 16, 2020 7:20 am

I keep an ad on the local buy and sell for wine bottles and gallon jugs. Seems like there's always someone who's getting out of wine-making and looking to unload a few cases of wine bottles for cheap
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Post by Durhommer » Wed Dec 16, 2020 7:25 am

Oldvine Zin wrote:
Tue Dec 15, 2020 10:30 pm
Used to get glass at specialty bottle, local so no expensive shipping charges, now with the covid no local pickup :cry: so been sourcing recycling bins. The neighbors must think that I'm some crazy dude but I have noticed that a lot of them are drinking crap Kentucky whiskey from trader joe's, not sure about the quality in the bottle but I can only guess. But great 750 ML bottles for free. They are the ones on the right side.

Stay safe
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Nice simple label where do you get them
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Post by Oldvine Zin » Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:25 am

Durhommer wrote:
Wed Dec 16, 2020 7:25 am

Nice simple label where do you get them
They are just simple Avery round kraft brown labels #228808, and I use their online software to design them and never save a copy on the site

Stay sake
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Post by Oldvine Zin » Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:26 am

Oldvine Zin wrote:
Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:25 am
Durhommer wrote:
Wed Dec 16, 2020 7:25 am

Nice simple label where do you get them
They are just simple Avery round kraft brown labels #228808, and I use their online software to design them and never save a copy on the site

Stay safe
OVZ

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Post by jog666 » Wed Dec 16, 2020 1:48 pm

Oldvine Zin wrote:
Tue Dec 15, 2020 10:30 pm
Used to get glass at specialty bottle, local so no expensive shipping charges, now with the covid no local pickup :cry: so been sourcing recycling bins. The neighbors must think that I'm some crazy dude but I have noticed that a lot of them are drinking crap Kentucky whiskey from trader joe's, not sure about the quality in the bottle but I can only guess. But great 750 ML bottles for free. They are the ones on the right side.

Stay safe
OVZ

:thumbup: :thumbup: Stupid simple but looks good!


Ive lucked out and cleaned out a cellar a couple years back for most of my glass. I have since got set up with a few folks who either drink ALOT or people just give them bottles and I get the extras.

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