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Old 09-20-2005, 02:05 PM   #1
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New to the forum, and mostly new to brewing.

My friend and I are brewing 8 batches to enjoy at a large New Year's party this year.

Rather than worry about labels, we were considering capping each flavor (6 in all) with different colored caps. At www.atlaslabel.com, they have about 8 different colors, but he only sells them 10,000 at a time. At www.d-originals.com they have even more colors, but charge $3 for 12 caps -- way too expensive.

Does anyone have a good resource for simple, plain, colored caps in a variety of colors?

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Old 09-20-2005, 02:19 PM   #2
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most online places that I have seen sell only one to three different colors or styles of caps.

You could just buy a bunch of plain gold ones and get a pack of multi-colored permanant markers to 'tag' them. That's what I usually do.

Or, you can probably find little circle stickers at a drug store or office supply store in many different colors. Just stick one of those to the cap or the bottle.

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We'd had the same thought -- gold and silver seem to be standard, as are the Brewers Best and Hooch. The Stars and Stripes are decent too, but not what we're looking for.

Our back-up plan is to make rubber stamps and print the flavors in different colors on, but these caps just look soooo good: http://www.d-originals.com/oscshop/catalog/index.php?cPath=116_120&osCsid=720971d4ea4b1699a3f 27e975c60c031
don't you agree?

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at $0.25 each, they would have to significantly improve the flavor of my beer before I would consider buying them.

Those caps will make the price of your homebrew go up 30% to 40%.

Cool? Maybe, but I don't think they are THAT cool.

after all, the first thing you are going to do with the bottled brews is bend the caps off and toss them in the trash.


tink... 25 cents in the trash
tink... 50 cents in the trash
tink... 75 cents in the trash


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Old 09-20-2005, 08:49 PM   #5
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Right. I understand the price -- the whole reason I'm not buying them from that supplier is the sound of quarters clinking in the trash can. The question remains -- does anyone have a CHEAP source of colored caps?

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Ok, so to answer my own questions, http://www.homebrewheaven.com/vHome.htm sells colored caps in relatively small quantities. Their store page for them is here:
https://secure9.nexternal.com/shared/StoreFront/default.asp?CS=hombre&BusType=BtoC&Count1=92179507 0&Count2=838935494&ProductID=320&Target=products%2 Easp

200+ for less than $4.00 is more like it.

So, I guess now all of you can now have a reasonable price for colored caps too.

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p.s. That spraypaint idea was a good one, and why I didn't think of it I can't figure out -- I may use it for the colors I want but can't buy... thanks!!

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Take a look at this thread here. Just a bit more info!

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I knew the homebrewheaven.com website would pop back up somewhere... I had found it a while back but couldn't remember who it was if it was a domestic or international site...

As far as inkjet printing on labels goes (as mentioned on that other thread), they will have a tendency to bleed with moisture. Laser printing or xerox would be much more waterproof. As it happens, I work for an art school in the printmaking department and have access to screenprinting and letterpress equipment (hell, I maintain it) for all my labeling needs. But I'm not wasting my time making labels for drunken partygoers.... I'll funnel that time into making more beer instead.

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Why not just use a marker and put a number on top. Then all yuou would have to to is make a place card by the bottles to let every body know which beer is which. I did this at a party and worked out great. I opened 1 of each so the ones who had never had good beer could see or taste a small amount to see if they would like it. That way I didn't have a lot of half bottles to either drink myself or worse dump down the drain. Also very cheap and you don't have to clean labels off of empties.
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