Do you guys "code" your beer-caps to know what is inside months later? - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Do you guys "code" your beer-caps to know what is inside months later?
Cool Brewing Giveaway - Supporting Membership Drive & Discount

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 09-12-2008, 08:40 PM   #1
Tripod
Recipes 
 
Sep 2008
Atlanta, GA
Posts: 636
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts



Greetings All!

First things first. I am brand-new to home brewing and I'm already obsessed. My lovely and/or talented wife gave me a brew-kit for my birthday this past August and I am preparing to brew my first extract batch (maybe a Red Ale). I have learned more from these threads than many books combined. Even though I have not yet brewed batch #1, I already feel like I am armed with better-than-average knowlege just because of the info and tips I have found here. This has to be the best forum available!

Now for my question/inquiry. I am planning to brew more than one batch...different days but I'm not planning to fully consume the first 50 bottles before starting another type. So I would like to write some sort of code onto my caps that will help me later to identify things like the date it was bottled, what type of beer is inside, etc... Do any of you "pros" do anything like that? If so, could you recommend a coding system that can pack good info onto the tiny space of a bottle cap?

I suppose I could use a label but then I am constantly cleaning off labels. Would rather just code the cap so I can quickly ID the beer from above. I plan to purposely pull 4-6 bottles aside to age a while and I could easily forget what is inside and how long it was there. Any thoughts?

-Tripod



 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2008, 08:42 PM   #2
Brewsmith
 
Brewsmith's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2005
Torrance, CA
Posts: 6,247
Liked 62 Times on 58 Posts


I use different colored caps. Then I just label the case with a small piece of paper and tape. No need to mark the bottles. I found them at homebrewheaven.com


__________________
Fermenting:#160 Apollo/Calypso Pale Ale
Kegged:#153 Old Helicon Barleywine 2013, #157 Irish Red, #158 Mosaic IPA, #159 Bravo/Delta ESB
Up Next:Brown Porter, American Stout, Imperial Stout
My Recipes
Tuba Sonata

Smith & Co. Custom Tap Handles


 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2008, 08:44 PM   #3
bluefoxicy
Registered User
Recipes 
 
Aug 2008
Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD
Posts: 197
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


Sharpie to write on the beer caps.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2008, 08:45 PM   #4
Dextersmom
Recipes 
 
Jan 2008
New Haven, CT
Posts: 341
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts


I use a colored sharpie and use a code. Pomegranate Wheat = PW Hard Lemonade = HL Belgian Pale = BP my up coming Amber Ale will be AA.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2008, 08:45 PM   #5
McKBrew
 
McKBrew's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2006
Hayden, Idaho
Posts: 8,180
Liked 35 Times on 30 Posts


Another option is some small round labels that fit on the bottle cap. You could handwrite or use software to print the beer name, code, or whatever else you wanted to label the beer.
__________________
Make Beer, Not War.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2008, 08:46 PM   #6
elkdog
Recipes 
 
May 2007
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Posts: 1,080
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts


Little circular stickers, like you'd use to price items for a garage sale. 1,000 of them for like 3 bucks.
__________________
Revolving Door Brewery

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2008, 08:47 PM   #7
BuffaloSabresBrewer
 
BuffaloSabresBrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Sep 2007
Posts: 2,165
Liked 17 Times on 13 Posts


When I bottled I would Sharpie the name on the cap.
__________________
Quote:
DeathBrewer:
maybe i'll post an ad:

Single male seeks double-jointed supermodel who owns a brewery and grows her own pot. Access to free concert tickets a plus!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2008, 08:50 PM   #8
GilaMinumBeer
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
GilaMinumBeer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jan 2008
Posts: 57,615
Liked 7171 Times on 5940 Posts


Sharpie on the caps with the initials of the beer or whatever.

Vanilla Mead = VM, etc.....

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2008, 08:54 PM   #9
McKBrew
 
McKBrew's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2006
Hayden, Idaho
Posts: 8,180
Liked 35 Times on 30 Posts


Over time you should get "in tune" with your beer. I've gotten to the point where I can run my hand over a blank bottle and by the way my fingers oscillate I can tell exactly what type of beer is in the bottle. It's a hard skill to develop, but not impossible.








j/k Welcome to Homebrewtalk.
__________________
Make Beer, Not War.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2008, 08:58 PM   #10
kaptain_karma
 
kaptain_karma's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2005
San Francisco
Posts: 304
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


I sharpie a letter on the bottle cap. Sometimes even that can get a bit confusing. I labeled my recent amber ale with an "M" ("A" is for Apfelwien). I didn't stop to think that I had a couple sixers of winter warmer labeled "W". An upside down "W" looks remarkably like an "M", but luckily they're both pretty darn tasty.


__________________
One could do worse than be a swinger of birches.

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Oxygen "Absorbing" Caps Pelikan Bottling/Kegging 53 06-25-2015 09:19 PM
My dry yeast was "wet" inside the package - and now won't ferment. shortyjacobs Fermentation & Yeast 6 11-04-2009 02:34 PM
Would two cornies fit inside this: 32"H X 20.5"W X 20.5"D? polamalu43 Bottling/Kegging 5 05-30-2008 07:04 PM
Shanks have "shoulders" inside of them CplHunter Bottling/Kegging 10 08-22-2007 01:26 PM
who talked abiut "hop bursting" on here a few months ago? Walker General Techniques 7 02-03-2006 10:15 PM


Forum Jump