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Old 04-11-2013, 03:25 AM   #11
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wire wheel on a bench grinder.


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Old 04-11-2013, 01:57 PM   #12
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wire wheel on a bench grinder.
I thought about that, but I don't have one, and would have to go to a friend's to do it.

Now that I have my bottles painted, I need to figure out how to label them. I did a trial yesterday with gelatin (my new preferred method of labeling), and the label fell right off after it was dry. I know some people use glue sticks, I'll try that.


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Old 04-11-2013, 02:33 PM   #13
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I tried it a month ago on a Bud light 6% blue bottle. It works but very slow, and the wires cut into the bottle deeper then I liked. I'm very surprised it didn't work better.
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Old 04-11-2013, 02:43 PM   #14
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You have too much time on your hands if you are worried about "de labeling" those...you should probably spend more time brewing.

Thanks for the thread though, Ive got some activities that I would like to have those AL bottles of homebrew, such as rafting, coming up.
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Old 04-11-2013, 02:48 PM   #15
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You have too much time on your hands if you are worried about "de labeling" those...you should probably spend more time brewing.

Thanks for the thread though, Ive got some activities that I would like to have those AL bottles of homebrew, such as rafting, coming up.
Haha. I have 7 batches fermenting now, 4 in bottles and two in kegs. I brew as much as time/space allows. I just enjoy making a presentation of my brew as well. I know not everyone else does, but it is just another enjoyable part of the hobby for me.
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Old 04-11-2013, 04:01 PM   #16
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Quick idea. The aluminum would make a great base for any chalkboard spray. Why not use the rough-&-paint idea and use a chalkboard paint. This way you can write whatever it is you're bottling and have a nice, clean, uniform look to them all.
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I just thought I'd update this. I finally got around to labeling these. I used a glue stick. It was Elmer's X-Treme, which was a little pricey, but I didn't want to go back and try something else if it didn't work. It does seem to hold well, or at least as well as milk. It failed at the cooler test though. I let it cure for 24 hours, then put it in a sink with cold water. The label fell off immediately. The paint doesn't seem the best. If you want, you can kind of scrape it off a little with with your fingernail. I think with normal use it should be fine though.
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:17 PM   #18
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I used 100 grit sandpaper, then 400 grit, followed by 0000 steel wool. It took around 1/2 hour to do one bottle. It does look good, I'm thinking its worth MY time.



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Old 05-10-2013, 02:07 PM   #19
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I used 100 grit sandpaper, then 400 grit, followed by 0000 steel wool. It took around 1/2 hour to do one bottle. It does look good, I'm thinking its worth MY time.



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That looks great! Puts mine to shame. I wouldn't be able to spend that much time doing them though. Have you used them for a while? I'm trying to figure out how long they are good for.
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Old 05-10-2013, 03:06 PM   #20
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No, I just came across these 6. I didn't even try capping them yet.
If the same clear coat was used on the inside as the outside I cannot see there being a problem.


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