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Cobra's Homebrewing Hints - April 8th


Marking Those Homebrews
Homebrewing April 7, 2004      
Written by Cobra


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What kind of beer is that? I dunno. Let's open it & see. Ok. Oh, it's a
stout. I wanted an IPA. Ever heard this? Ever done this with your
homebrews?

<P>A lot of us have our own ways of marking our homebrews so we know what we're
drinking. Some don't, so this might help someone out there. I hope so.

<P>There are many ways of marking your homebrews. You can use a Sharpie marker on the crown, with a code of your own. Maybe a batch number. Maybe a short title, like IRA for Irish Red Ale. Maybe a combo of both.

<P>You can also use colored self-sticking dots. You can find them at office
supply stores. If you use dots, make sure you make a master list, so you
don't forget what the dots identify.

<P>Maybe you print your own labels. In which case, you don't need this hint.

<P>But, what about beer in a keg? Well, you can use what's called a China
Marker, which is basically a wax crayon, wrapped in spiral paper. Mark what
beer it is right on the stainless steel part of the keg. It will wash off
later. Permanent markers won't, so keep this in mind.

<P>Or, you can do like I did, and buy some little white labels on a string, and
mark what beer it is, and then thread the string thru the keg lid. Look for
Avery strung marking tags.

<P>These are just a few simple hints to help you remember what beer you have.
Remember, most bottled homebrew looks exactly the same.



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