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bluishgnome Jul 26, 2007 05:30 AM

I'm looking to make some berry liqueurs over the next few weeks using fresh picked fruits, but don't know what type of container to end up storing them in. Most of this (if it turns out okay...) will go to friends and family as gifts and I don't want to use old beer bottles and such. I'm looking for nice affordable bottles (and I mean bottles that I could buy in quantities of dozen+ without plowing deep into my bank account). I'm also looking for a large glass kimchi jar to ferment it all in. (I think I can stop by a Korean restaurant or store for one of these, possibly.)

Could anyone point me in the right direction of a place in Brooklyn (or even Manhattan) where I might be able to find these items?

  1. Cheese Boy Jul 26, 2007 11:25 AM

    These seem fairly reasonable (for online) ... and at the very least, you can get some ideas.
    I'm coming up blank for places to get bottles in NYC. I want to say Chinatown for some reason...but I'm not sure where.

    Link: http://www.sunburstbottle.com/glass-b...

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      edbk Jul 26, 2007 11:37 AM

      The container store has really cool and cheap bottles.

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        Cheese Boy Jul 26, 2007 11:58 AM

        I've only been to their store in White Plains. Great place, but high prices.
        I'll have to stop over at Chelsea/Lex some day. Thanks for the heads up.

        Link: http://www.containerstore.com/find/store.jhtml?store=6AV

        Link # 2: http://www.containerstore.com/find/st...

      2. hatless Jul 26, 2007 12:26 PM

        A beermaking-supply shop?

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          chasamark Jul 26, 2007 12:51 PM

          Years ago, we used to make a sort of apricot liqueur by marinating dried appricots in brandy or gin. We used quart mason jars about a pound of dried appricots to a fifth of spirits for thirty days. Decant, saving fruit for ice cream or pudding sauces. We saved wine bottles-- lighter colors, rose is usually packaged in nearly clear- to bottle up our liqueur. Recycling the wine bottles makes sense to me.

        2. greenermjr Jul 26, 2007 03:38 PM

          http://www.specialtybottle.com/

          in researching wedding favors I found this to be a good and bottom dollar source of bottles

          mjr

          1. Joe MacBu Jul 26, 2007 04:13 PM

            I like mason jars. They should be available in lots of places right now. Otherwise, Gracious Home in the Upper East Side has a good selection. You can get them by the case. Most places charge $1-$1.50 each for pint size. They're also good for kimchi (I've seen then up to 2 liters), and you can vacuum seal them with an attachment if you have a foodsaver.

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              bluishgnome Jul 26, 2007 08:02 PM

              Cool, thanks for the links. I'm a bit iffy on buying glass bottles online... always wondering if I'll end up with all of them in tact when they arrive. I'll give it a try anyway.

              Thanks again!

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                Geo8rge Jul 31, 2007 07:06 AM

                If you plan on buying generic bottles I would buy a lead test kit.

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                  bluishgnome Jul 31, 2007 07:11 PM

                  Thanks for the heads up. Will do. (Where do I get one of those? I really feel like I should test my building tap water...)

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                    Geo8rge Aug 1, 2007 08:56 AM

                    http://www.leadinspector.com/

                    For tap water look to services that test for more than lead. Test kits just tell you if any is present, not how much. Works with your bottles as level should be 0. For water you need parts per million.

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                  Fleur Jul 31, 2007 08:36 PM

                  Sounds like a beautiful idea.

                  In Brooklyn, VARIETY MART on Montague Street, and COOK'S COMPANION on Atlantic Avenue, have bottles.

                  My hunch is you would do much better on the Internet for large quantities at a fair price.

                  I bought some blown pressed Spanish Glass bottles a few years ago from Williams Sonoma for about $4 each. They make beautiful gifts and are totally re-usable.

                  Good luck in finding what you are looking for. Please report back.

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                    meguiar Jul 31, 2007 08:41 PM

                    I infused vodka a year or so ago and bought bottles at a perfume place on Atlantic Avenue. They're relatively plain, but I saw the same bottles at the Container Store for much more. I think it was Monir Attar, which is between Bond & Nevins. Their number is 718-875-2204 if you want to give them a try. Good luck.

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