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Old 01-22-2009, 05:37 AM   #61
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Great job on the etching!

A safety note for all you would be etchers: The etching creme used by the OP contains fluoric acid. This is extremely nasty stuff and MUST be used with proper protection, namely gloves and eye protection. The stuff is readily absorbed through the skin and can cause severe burns long after exposure. Here is the MSDS sheet.

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Old 10-01-2009, 12:52 AM   #62
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I did my marks a little different, mine was a 5gal carboy. the etching ends at the 6gal mark.


the parts i used


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Old 10-01-2009, 02:15 AM   #63
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Here is my version using the same method:

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I put rings all the way around to make it easier to read from a distance...
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Thanks OP for posting this method! I was wary at first but I can certainly support using the glass-etch now that i've tried it with good success...

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Old 10-01-2009, 05:21 AM   #64
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While I do admire the creativity and they look cool, but I question the practicality of marking the volumes on a carboy. IOW, I typically know how much I put into the carboy and typically nothing escapes until I empty it, so I don't understand the advantage. I did at one time fill my 6.5 gal carboys with 5 & 6 gallons and measured the depth with a tape, but never really used the information subsequently.

 
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Old 10-01-2009, 05:31 AM   #65
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I will be marking my carboys tomorrow evening. This is a great idea!

Thanks for the info.
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Old 10-01-2009, 02:06 PM   #66
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While I do admire the creativity and they look cool, but I question the practicality of marking the volumes on a carboy. IOW, I typically know how much I put into the carboy and typically nothing escapes until I empty it, so I don't understand the advantage. I did at one time fill my 6.5 gal carboys with 5 & 6 gallons and measured the depth with a tape, but never really used the information subsequently.
The only way I know exactly how much goes into my carboy is to calculate the volume. Markings make that easy. Amounts of racking loss from the kettle vary for me depending on hop mass (I use whole hops).
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Old 10-01-2009, 02:30 PM   #67
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The only way I know exactly how much goes into my carboy is to calculate the volume. Markings make that easy. Amounts of racking loss from the kettle vary for me depending on hop mass (I use whole hops).
I frequently use whole hops too and I am familiar with the racking loss issues, but my primaries are plastic that have accurate volume markings, so I know how much wort I have collected. By the time I rack to the carboy, there's not a lot that I can do about the volume unless I want to dilute it with boiled and cooled water to increase the volume. That would be a rarity for me. It comes down to a 'so what?' thing for me. So what if I'm over or under by a half gallon or even more. At that point it is what it is. I always plan for the losses and usually collect somewhat more wort than I need and that's why I use 6.5 g buckets and carboys that provide the extra freeboard. I really hate it when I get less than a full five gallons into a keg and that hasn't happened for a very long time.

 
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Old 10-01-2009, 02:34 PM   #68
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I frequently use whole hops too and I am familiar with the racking loss issues, but my primaries are plastic that have accurate volume markings, so I know how much wort I have collected. By the time I rack to the carboy, there's not a lot that I can do about the volume unless I want to dilute it with boiled and cooled water to increase the volume. That would be a rarity for me. It comes down to a 'so what?' thing for me. So what if I'm over or under by a half gallon or even more. At that point it is what it is. I always plan for the losses and usually collect somewhat more wort than I need and that's why I use 6.5 g buckets and carboys that provide the extra freeboard. I really hate it when I get less than a full five gallons into a keg and that hasn't happened for a very long time.
I think some of these guys use glass for their primaries too. That is why it is important for them to have accurate markings like you have on your plastic buckets. So you have kind of made their point for them.

 
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Old 10-01-2009, 04:54 PM   #69
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I frequently use whole hops too and I am familiar with the racking loss issues, but my primaries are plastic that have accurate volume markings, so I know how much wort I have collected. By the time I rack to the carboy, there's not a lot that I can do about the volume unless I want to dilute it with boiled and cooled water to increase the volume. That would be a rarity for me. It comes down to a 'so what?' thing for me. So what if I'm over or under by a half gallon or even more. At that point it is what it is. I always plan for the losses and usually collect somewhat more wort than I need and that's why I use 6.5 g buckets and carboys that provide the extra freeboard. I really hate it when I get less than a full five gallons into a keg and that hasn't happened for a very long time.
Yep, I ferment almost everything in glass, so it is nice to know how much I am putting in Primary for efficiency calculations.
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I think some of these guys use glass for their primaries too. That is why it is important for them to have accurate markings like you have on your plastic buckets. So you have kind of made their point for them.
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