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Old 07-10-2009, 06:36 PM   #31
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A good trick for waxing bottles to make opening them easier is this.

Take a peice of cotton string, (waxed is best because it sticks to itself) and cut it into foot-long (maybe a bit less, figure out what works for you) peices.

Wrap the string around the neck of the bottle in the crack between the glass and the cap a couple times.

leave a bit of a tail sticking out that you can grab onto

dip in wax and allow to cool.

When you want to open the bottle, just pull the string and open as normal, it cuts the wax for you.

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Old 09-02-2009, 02:58 AM   #32
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Are the beads at the LHBS able to be heated up, applied and then reheated later after cooling to make a second run? Or do you have to use it all at once?

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Old 09-02-2009, 03:17 AM   #33
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Are the beads at the LHBS able to be heated up, applied and then reheated later after cooling to make a second run? Or do you have to use it all at once?
They can be reused. I believe it is recommended to heat them up in a soup can or something similar. That way it is a self contained mess and can be stored away and heated up again for future use.
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Old 09-02-2009, 03:28 AM   #34
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I decided to mess around with some of the bottle sealing wax my LHBS owner gave me a couple weeks ago. Figured if it was free I might as well try it out. I read a couple wine making websites about sealing bottles and watched a short video and decided to just dive in and try it out.

I started by heating about a quart of water in a 2qt pot, taking a chicken broth can out of the recycling bin and cutting the top off and created a double boiler type of contraption. Then I added in some of the blocks of wax that I broke up. It didn't take long for the wax to start melting but there seemed to always be a clump of partially melted wax at the very bottom of the can.


It took a few bottles to get the hang of it. In the video I watched the guy would spin his bottles to get the wax to drip off neatly so I started trying that out and noticed I was getting cool little artsy-farsty spirals. The shape and tightness of the spiral depended on how fast I spun the bottle and the angle that I held the bottle as I pulled it out of the wax and started spinning.


A single dip in the wax left the crimps on the caps showing so I decided to go with a double dip. I didn't do all the bottles though as I was just experimenting. Maybe I'll do the rest of them or save the wax when I bottle my RIS. Here's what they all looked like when I was done. Not the best but I think they look pretty cool.

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Old 09-02-2009, 04:17 AM   #35
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That is some cool sh!t!

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Old 09-02-2009, 06:24 AM   #36
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Do you have a link for the video you watched?

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Old 09-02-2009, 08:20 AM   #37
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i think it makes a difference in long term storage, or maybe it just gives me peace of mind.. plus it makes it easier to resist temptation of cracking open something you don't have a lot of.
That's a good point.
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Old 09-02-2009, 01:25 PM   #38
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As I understand it, waxing completely blocks out o2. Even if you cap properly, some will still seep in. I plan on waxing some of my 08 mead (finally going to bottle it tonight) and what I don't give away in the Westy swap, ie bottles I want to save for years.

As one of the science guys in my club pointed out, there will always be some oxidation as the oxygen in the water changes (I zoned out a bit but I trust the guy ). Plus, yeah, it looks cool. I want to get a stamp to press into the top of the caps, or maybe to the front. I think it's pretty easy to make your own.

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Hey Sig... can we get some cat for lunch?? :P


Anyway, I just put together a RIS to brew this weekend as a wedding gift for a friend and I plan on waxing/labeling.

Anyone know what colors are available? My LHBS only has red and gold.

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Old 09-02-2009, 02:46 PM   #40
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Hey Sig... can we get some cat for lunch?? :P


Anyway, I just put together a RIS to brew this weekend as a wedding gift for a friend and I plan on waxing/labeling.

Anyone know what colors are available? My LHBS only has red and gold.
Depends on the wholesaler the LHBS buys from. One of the ones I'm familiar with (Crosby & Baker) lists the following in their public(without price information) catalog: black, blue, gold, burgundy red, holiday red. If that is who your LHBS orders from they could get any of those.

Edit: Another wholesaler(brewmasterinc.com) with a public (again no prices) catalog lists: Black, Blue, Burgundy, Gold, Green, Purple, Holiday Red, and Silver.
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