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Old 03-31-2009, 05:57 PM   #1
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So I have a couple beers I want to enter in a local competition here this summer. The problem is they want all beers to have no labels and all the caps have to be solid silver or gold color. Well I wish I would have known that when I brewed my beer 6 months ago! They have other colored caps on them, and I want to know if it is possible to quickly pop them off and replace them with caps of the appropriate color (sanitized of course). Can this be done? I have too many other kinds of beer I want/need to brew for the summer - so I don't want to be re-brewing stouts and browns now. Please advise.

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Old 03-31-2009, 05:59 PM   #2
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Yes, just follow sanitation procedures and be quick. Might want to chill it to lessen the amount of Co2 that escapes.

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Old 03-31-2009, 10:47 PM   #3
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Or you could paint the caps!

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Or you could paint the caps!
+1 to that. A bit of masking tape, a can of gold spray paint, and you're golden.

Well, your caps are golden. You know what I mean.
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+1 to that. A bit of masking tape, a can of gold spray paint, and you're golden.

Well, your caps are golden. You know what I mean.
Buh-zing...

I would try recapping a test bottle, wait a few days and see what happens. If not, go with llazy...
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No matter how quick you are, you are going to lose a significant amount of carbonation which will change the taste of the beer. I would opt for the spray paint route.

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Instead of using spray paint you could use those artsy gold paint pens. It would probably look neater.

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Painting won't work. I already asked about that and they said that they want all of the submitted beers to look identical, so a painted cap would stick out like a sore thumb. I think I will do a test with a bottle, wait a week and see what happens.

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