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Old 09-12-2008, 09:40 PM   #1
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Greetings All!

First things first. I am brand-new to home brewing and I'm already obsessed. My lovely and/or talented wife gave me a brew-kit for my birthday this past August and I am preparing to brew my first extract batch (maybe a Red Ale). I have learned more from these threads than many books combined. Even though I have not yet brewed batch #1, I already feel like I am armed with better-than-average knowlege just because of the info and tips I have found here. This has to be the best forum available!

Now for my question/inquiry. I am planning to brew more than one batch...different days but I'm not planning to fully consume the first 50 bottles before starting another type. So I would like to write some sort of code onto my caps that will help me later to identify things like the date it was bottled, what type of beer is inside, etc... Do any of you "pros" do anything like that? If so, could you recommend a coding system that can pack good info onto the tiny space of a bottle cap?

I suppose I could use a label but then I am constantly cleaning off labels. Would rather just code the cap so I can quickly ID the beer from above. I plan to purposely pull 4-6 bottles aside to age a while and I could easily forget what is inside and how long it was there. Any thoughts?

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Old 09-12-2008, 09:42 PM   #2
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I use different colored caps. Then I just label the case with a small piece of paper and tape. No need to mark the bottles. I found them at homebrewheaven.com

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Sharpie to write on the beer caps.

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I use a colored sharpie and use a code. Pomegranate Wheat = PW Hard Lemonade = HL Belgian Pale = BP my up coming Amber Ale will be AA.

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Another option is some small round labels that fit on the bottle cap. You could handwrite or use software to print the beer name, code, or whatever else you wanted to label the beer.

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Little circular stickers, like you'd use to price items for a garage sale. 1,000 of them for like 3 bucks.

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When I bottled I would Sharpie the name on the cap.

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Sharpie on the caps with the initials of the beer or whatever.

Vanilla Mead = VM, etc.....

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Over time you should get "in tune" with your beer. I've gotten to the point where I can run my hand over a blank bottle and by the way my fingers oscillate I can tell exactly what type of beer is in the bottle. It's a hard skill to develop, but not impossible.








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I sharpie a letter on the bottle cap. Sometimes even that can get a bit confusing. I labeled my recent amber ale with an "M" ("A" is for Apfelwien). I didn't stop to think that I had a couple sixers of winter warmer labeled "W". An upside down "W" looks remarkably like an "M", but luckily they're both pretty darn tasty.

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