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Old 08-24-2008, 04:00 AM   #1
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I used to keg, but realized I didn't like it so I've moved back to bottling. I've got a large selection of bottle shapes which I've been correlating with caps to keep track of flavor, but sometimes I run out of caps and sometimes i run out of bottles of the same shape.

I don't want to label my bottles so I've been aiming to find a "standard" bottle, etch my brewery logo onto the bottles and use various caps to identify the beer.

The problem is that I'm not sure where to get a variety of caps. I've got four or five different ones but that's not enough. I've checked eBay and there's a TON of them but it seems crafters use them too, and some have no plastic inside which makes them useless for brewing. So I'd seriously like to find a place that can ship beer worthy bottle caps, offers lots of designs (perferably not existing brands of beer or soda, but if that's all I can get...) and doesn't require the purchase of a whole pallete load.

Any leads? Thanks for reading this long winded post.


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Old 08-24-2008, 05:09 AM   #2
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I tried that for a while and have finally ended up using a Sharpie marker to make various symbols on the caps. Usually a I, II, X or P (pilsner). It's worth a go if you can't find a source for distinctive colored caps.

But if you DO find a source, let us know, eh? I'd like to find some new designs too!


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Old 08-24-2008, 01:23 PM   #3
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+1 for batch numbers on the cap with a sharpie.

I would be interested in hearing if anyone found a good price on bulk caps (5#, 10#, whatever).

 
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Old 08-24-2008, 02:59 PM   #4
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There's circular labels for your printer that fit caps. You could print whatever you want on them and then stick 'em on.

 
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Old 08-26-2008, 02:02 AM   #5
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I'm a simple man. I use those color dot stickers that most folks use for garage sales. They're a buck for 300
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Old 08-26-2008, 02:15 AM   #6
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Several colors available here. I've never ordered from there, just happened to stumble across the site.

 
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Old 08-26-2008, 02:35 AM   #7
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Several colors available here. I've never ordered from there, just happened to stumble across the site.
ZOMGPONIES! Thank you SO much! 7 pounds of caps in 7 colors for "not too bad". More expensive after shipping than bulks from my LHBS, but I'll happily pay a premium for what I want!

I've never ordered from them before, but they advertise pretty much every month in BYO, so they're legit and decently stable. I'm going to order a bunch this week, thanks for the lead!
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Old 08-26-2008, 03:28 AM   #8
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I work near their store, I bought some growlers and the paper bottle holders- I love those things. They're an ok store, not my fave but good in a pinch.

 
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Old 08-28-2008, 01:17 AM   #9
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I sent the guy an e-mail and he responded rather quickly so I ordered 5 pounds (Realized I've already got silver and gold) of crowns this afternoon. I requested red, green, blue, black and teal, so we'll see how that works!

Thanks very much for the lead.
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Old 08-28-2008, 01:34 AM   #10
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Cool. Let us know what they look like when you get 'em.



 
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