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Offline onthekeg

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Unlabelled Kegs
« on: July 11, 2012, 10:57:21 AM »
Are a pain.  I need to get the darn brewer to be more organized.  I have 4 kegs sitting here full of beer that isn't labelled.  So, here I am tasting them and wondering what style it fits.  Geez what a mess...

Maybe its a good thing, I can call it what it tastes like and not worry about what it was meant to be.  Oh well, just a rant for today.  I know that one is a solera sour that was aged, and its pretty good.  One I am pretty sure is my Swiller Lite, as it has very little body, fizzy and yellow.

The other two are red.  I make lots of variations of red beers, so thats an issue.

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Re: Unlabelled Kegs
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2012, 01:05:53 PM »
Just rename them.  How'bout, "Hazy Recollection Red" and "What's This Red?" ?

None of friends care how they are made so I change names all the time.

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Re: Unlabelled Kegs
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2012, 01:17:27 PM »
I just peel off the masking tape I use to label my carboys and stick it on the keg.

Style, date brewed, OG, date kegged, FG.  All the info you care to know but nobody else cares about.
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Re: Unlabelled Kegs
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2012, 02:58:59 PM »
Wow! i guess I don't brew enough. I also only own 3 kegs but I don't think I have ever marked a carboy or keg. hmm... wonder if I am doing it wrong?
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Re: Unlabelled Kegs
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2012, 03:22:36 PM »
I can call it what it tastes like and not worry about what it was meant to be. 

 I do that^^^ even when I know what it is.
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Re: Unlabelled Kegs
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2012, 10:57:36 PM »
I just peel off the masking tape I use to label my carboys and stick it on the keg.

Style, date brewed, OG, date kegged, FG.  All the info you care to know but nobody else cares about.
I do the same, or make new keg tags with the same info.

But yeah, unless you plan to enter it in a competition call it whatever you want.
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Re: Unlabelled Kegs
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2012, 06:38:32 AM »
I just peel off the masking tape I use to label my carboys and stick it on the keg.

Style, date brewed, OG, date kegged, FG.  All the info you care to know but nobody else cares about.

I do the same, except I use small (3 by 5 inch) hanging tags. I slip them into the carboy harness, then tie them to the keg handle. I add %ABV so I can update my "now serving" menu w/o having to go back to Beersmith.

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Re: Unlabelled Kegs
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2012, 06:48:07 AM »
I'm with Mort.  I'm afraid I don't mark anything but starters (and I started doing that after making 3 starters once and forgetting which was which).  For some reason, I know exactly what is fermenting downstairs and I know what's in the cooler and storage.  But, like everyone else has said, it doesn't really matter unless you want to enter a competition. 

Mix all your unknown kegs together and I bet you'll have the best beer ever since you won't be able to repeat it!

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Re: Unlabelled Kegs
« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2012, 07:29:11 AM »
Wow! i guess I don't brew enough. I also only own 3 kegs but I don't think I have ever marked a carboy or keg. hmm... wonder if I am doing it wrong?

I've got four carboys fermenting right now (of course, I had a three month hiatus so I need to catch up).  Two are a split batch with different yeast, so the labels are important for that.

I add %ABV so I can update my "now serving" menu w/o having to go back to Beersmith.

I typically add ABV as well.  Especially important at parties, where I've found that the 10% tripels get drained while the wits and ambers barely get touched.
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Re: Unlabelled Kegs
« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2012, 08:31:35 AM »
I have a box of 500 of these: http://www.staples.com/Avery-Marking-Tags-Retail-Tags/product_SS951324

Hang them around the neck of the starter jug, move to the fermenter and put them on the keg lid bracket and write all you want.  They go on easy and are easy to remove.

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Unlabelled Kegs
« Reply #10 on: July 12, 2012, 08:40:42 AM »
I use soap crayons, the kind made for kids to use in the bathtub.  They write on metal, glass, and plastic.  They wipe off easily with a wet washcloth.  The only disadvantage is they may wipe off *too* easily when condensation or spills happen.  I use them to label kegs, starter jugs, and bottles.

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Re: Unlabelled Kegs
« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2012, 03:04:22 PM »
Wow! i guess I don't brew enough. I also only own 3 kegs but I don't think I have ever marked a carboy or keg. hmm... wonder if I am doing it wrong?
same here,
but I keep telling myself, "I can remember this." unfortunately, I am not able to remember often enough. I have started with the painters blue masking tape. it goes on easy and comes off - so far.
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Re: Unlabelled Kegs
« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2012, 03:38:15 PM »
I use white electrical tape.  Easy to write on, easy to read.
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Re: Unlabelled Kegs
« Reply #13 on: July 12, 2012, 03:54:30 PM »
I use white electrical tape.  Easy to write on, easy to read.

but don't you get shocked all the time?  ::)
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Re: Unlabelled Kegs
« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2012, 04:23:04 PM »
I use a Sharpie on the side of the keg. It won't come off with condensation, and you can clean it off with isopropyl alcohol.
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