One of the biggest investments in starting my water kefir was bottles. In order to ferment and carbonate properly, it is important to have air tight containers for processing. It is also convenient to have it bottles and ready to grab and go. Therefore I was on the search for bottles.
I originally went to my local chain grocery/department store in search of beer in flip top bottles. I was disappointed to learn that store no longer carried that brand in those bottles, they only carried it in capped bottles.
So I decided to take a chance in the home department where I found empty swing top bottles like these (affiliate link) ranging in size from 1/4 liter to 1 liter. They were not cheap, ranging in price from $3-$5 each. I was a little disappointed yet I didn’t have many options since I wanted to package up my first batch that day. I was actually excited about finding the 1/4 liter bottles since I thought they would be a good size for the kids. Plus, even if I found the beer bottles, I’m not too sure about letting the kids out of the house sipping from a reused beer bottle. So I purchased 4 or the 1/4 liter, 4 or the 1/2 liter and 1 of the 1 liter bottles.
I then left and headed across the street to the party store where I was happy to find the beer bottles that I had been looking for. What a bargain after purchasing empty bottle for several dollars each…the beer bottles, with beer in them were only $2.69! I purchased the only 2 that they had in stock and headed home to share them with the hubby after dinner. It was beginning to look like we may need to start drinking a lot of beer in order to stock up on bottles.
Until, I happened to go to a chain store that I had not been to in months. I went because they had grass-fed beef advertised and I want to go check it out to see if it was true. When I walked into the store, I about shrieked with excitement when I saw 3/4 liter flip top bottles full of sparkling lemonade for only $2.24. I purchased a whole case of them. The ingredients on the lemonade were actually pretty clean which was a bonus!
It’s interesting that bottles filled with product are actually cheaper than empty bottles. But I won’t complain, I like getting more for my money. I am now on the look out in the beverage isle of every store I enter. I never know what I might find.
Here’s a look at a few samples from my bottle collection.
From left to right: Reused beer bottle, purchased empty bottle, sparkling lemonade bottle (I have yet to empty these) and finally, I have also used empty Kombucha bottles on occasion when I’ve been running low on clean bottles.