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Old 01-12-2011, 02:58 AM   #1
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Default How do you identify your homebrews?

I have 4 different homebrews in the bottle and I'm having a little difficulty identifying which is which when grabbing them from the fridge. Some brews are similar in color plus I mainly use dark brown bottles. When I put them in the fridge I try to keep them all in order, but between the wife moving them around and taking a cooler full out to bring to a friends house and putting the leftovers back in the fridge, they seem to get mixed up.

I was wondering what everyone's method for identifying their homebrews is? Permanent marker on the cap? Make labels? Different caps?

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Old 01-12-2011, 03:02 AM   #2
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I have found little circular stickers that are different colors. I just put these on top of the caps. I have found them at Target and Walgreens. I know at Target they were with the packaging / labeling stuff. I have six different colors. When I've had more beers in stock than six, I've used different stickers. I had a hefeweizen that was rocking Sponge Bob tops.

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Sharpy codes on my caps. Usually a letter code, and maybe a number if it's a new version of a recipe. For example, "CMP2" would stand for Chocolate Mole Porter version 2.

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I have found little circular stickers that are different colors. I just put these on top of the caps. I have found them at Target and Walgreens. I know at Target they were with the packaging / labeling stuff. I have six different colors. When I've had more beers in stock than six, I've used different stickers. I had a hefeweizen that was rocking Sponge Bob tops.
I use similar stickers, but just get the plain white ones. You can write a solid description on them. I usually write things like "Cent Blonde," "Sweet Porter," "APA1" etc.
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Duct Tape with the name of the beer on the six packs works for me...also its nice and handy to grab a sixer from the closet and transfer it to the fridge.
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sharpie on cap.

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I'm getting to the point where I need to deal with this and have been thinking about it for a while now..

I keg... I'm thinking of using post card paper 'tags' with strings.. that I can record/update all the relevant data on.. from recipes, to brew day data, to gravity measurements, to ferment notes and times, and so on on the tags, and then just move them from being tied around the neck of the fermenter to the secondary corny, to the serving keg, as I transfer wort/beer from stage to stage......

I'd be interested in hearing how others who keg deal with this..

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+1 the small, circular stickers

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i use envelope address labels, and print 3 to a label. i tear them apart, and stick them to the top

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I use sharpie on the caps with a code (that I record in my brew log) but that's beginning to be a pita so I'll probably get some colored stickers like those mentioned before

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