Noob Q - Old Bottles Ok To Brew With

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philmud

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Hi guys,

Not sure if this is a silly question or not, but I was given 56 old beer bottles last night and I'm trying to figure out if they are OK to brew with (or if I should try to sell them instead).

The guy who gave me the bottles says that he thinks some may pre-date WWII (he found them under floorboards in an old house) - there are various kinds, lots of the old MBCV (Manufaturers Bottle Co. Victoria) tallies, quite a few shorter (but more squat) green bottles (these have very little writing, just some numbers at the base) and a number of amber tallies with "The Property of Richmond N.S Brewing Co Pty Ltd" embossed in a ring around the base of the bottle.

I have no idea whether crown seals will fit these bottles, or how to value them (I'd be pretty chuffed if they were worth enough to replace them with new bottles!) - does anyone brew in old bottles like this?
 

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As a start, how about trying to cap it ?
 

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If they are that old then maybe you should have a look around and see if they are worth anything as a collectable? you never know...and doesn't glass that old sometimes contain lead?
 

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Hi Cambrew,
They are similar to the one pictured, but amber instead of green. I did a bit of googling and I don't think the ones I have are highly sought after. Still there's a few, be nice to trade 'em in for some swing tops or similar.
 

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If you can cap them with an ordinary crown seal then you should fill them with home brew instead of swapping them, as long as they clean up ok. I reckon it'd be kinda cool to have some old bottles to use for brewing. I'm getting a bit bored with using Coopers and VB longnecks for my beer.
 

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Well yeh just give them a go if they seal like normal then there is no reason not to.
 
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