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Old 10-05-2012, 02:37 PM   #1
Jan 2012
East Bridgewater, MA
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Kind of a weird question I know, but I'm wondering if anyone has found the perfect way to mark your fermenters with contents, date, OG, etc. I tried those wax pencil "China markers" but they don't write that well. Is there a different marker you're using that shows up well and is easily erased? Maybe a bright colored dry-erase marker? Although, dry-erase markers erase too easily, ya know? I don't want to use sticky-notes...
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Old 10-05-2012, 02:43 PM   #2
Aug 2012
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I use glass carboys, but I've found 2" wide masking tape written on with a sharpie works pretty well. I stick it on enough to stay there but I don't press it down real hard, so if I rack it I can peel the tape off easily and transfer it to the new vessel. But maybe that's not the look you're going for; if you don't want to use sticky notes you probably don't want to use masking tape either.

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Old 10-05-2012, 02:46 PM   #3
Jun 2011
Poway, CA
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+1 on the blue masking tape with sharpie notes written on it for a glass carboy--you can peel and slap the tape on the keg when you transfer and it doesn't leave any residue.

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Old 10-05-2012, 02:50 PM   #4
Apr 2012
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I use a product called glass etch. it can be bought at a hobby store like hobby lobby or Michael's cost about $10. Put it on with a small paint brush and let it sit for a bit and wipe off with glass cleaner and paper towel.

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Old 10-05-2012, 02:51 PM   #5
Sep 2011
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Originally Posted by cram View Post
+1 on the blue masking tape with sharpie notes written on it for a glass carboy--you can peel and slap the tape on the keg when you transfer and it doesn't leave any residue.
^^ this. The tape follows the batch through the pipeline.
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:06 PM   #6
Mar 2012
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Armour-etch glass etching cream. It takes 10-15 minutes to etch readable marks. that way I have permanent volume marks.

hang tags for contents

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Old 10-05-2012, 04:12 PM   #7
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edit to say:
Should have read the post instead of just the subject line.
I mark my carboys with stickers from Bobby_M.
I label my carboys and kegs with #1 Blank Manila Cardstock Tags with Elastic Ties from McMaster-Carr.
(Already have them for tagging parts going out of the shop.)

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Old 10-05-2012, 04:23 PM   #8
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The masking tape solution is so obvious and I'm kicking myself for not having thought of it.

That said, I use sharpies to mark all my info on the carboy. Hot water and a scrubbie and off it comes at the end.

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Old 10-05-2012, 04:50 PM   #9
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I got tags with the wire 'twisty' thingys from Staples. Work great. I first put them on the carboys and then transfer them to the kegs. All the dates and other info (OG FG) travel with the beer from birth to stomach.
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:55 PM   #10
Jul 2012
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I just tape my Beer Smith printout to the vessels as I work through. They get all the notes on them then duplicated back into my computer. The last stop is taped to the top of my keezer over each keg - then toss them.

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