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Old 10-05-2012, 04:57 PM   #11
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protip: nail polish will last for years on a glass carboy. just dont use pink, or your friends will make fun of you.

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Old 10-05-2012, 05:23 PM   #12
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They sell a chalkboard paint at home depot/lowes. I've been kicking around the idea to paint a 1x1x1 partch/area of my fermenters with it, then I can just use chalk to mark what's inside

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Old 10-05-2012, 11:49 PM   #13
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Just number mine 1-6 keep a spread sheet on computer with Beer name/style, start date , F.G., O.G., kegged date. Allows for me to keep track of everything plus I know when kegs are ready.

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Old 10-06-2012, 12:49 AM   #14
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I use buckets when I want to know my volume out of a batch because it is easy to get exact volume by measuring the inside height and diameter of the bucket. Pour raw beer in and measure from the top of the bucket to the raw beer and subtract from your original height. Then plug in your numbers to the volume equation and you have your overall exact volume.

V = pi * d^2 * h / 4 You can plug this in on Wolfram alpha if you do not have a calculator. You can click on extended keyboard if you just want to enter the symbol for pie also. http://www.wolframalpha.com/


I don't bother with my glass carboys. The slap on decals are made for which carboy? What inside height and width is it based on? There is suck a variety of carboys as far as height and width. The only way to get an accurate marking is by pouring a known volume of liquid in increments and then mark the outside. If I had the motivation to do that I'd probably permanently etch it on the carboy.

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Old 10-06-2012, 12:56 AM   #15
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Another thumbs up on the painters tape. I move it from jug to jug with no issues.

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Old 10-06-2012, 01:51 AM   #16
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I raided my 3 year olds crayon stash. Good ole Crayola washable works fine on glass carboys, Erlenmeyer flasks, or stainless kegs. It holds up fine to some moisture but hot water and a rub and its gone.

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Old 10-06-2012, 02:04 AM   #17
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Use good old post-it notes(larger ones). Stand up surprisingly well from fermenter to keg.

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Old 10-07-2012, 05:53 PM   #18
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Thanks for all the great replies guys. I'm gonna go the masking tape route. I like the idea of just pealing and restocking on the next vessel; keg or 2ndary.

Edit, by the way, I asked my wife for a nail polish she won't wear and marked the 5gal line on my fermenter. Great idea!

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