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Self bottle waxing

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by M1A2, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. M1A2

    M1A2 Advocate (515) Ohio Jan 15, 2012 Verified

    This may be more for looks than long term cellaring but I just did my two MZ and NE, it was super easy and looks bad ass! Lets see some of your self waxing jobs. [​IMG] [​IMG]
  2. unibroue4ever

    unibroue4ever Savant (265) Quebec (Canada) Oct 20, 2010 Verified

    Wicked! Don't want to be lazy, but any link how to do this?
  3. unibroue4ever

    unibroue4ever Savant (265) Quebec (Canada) Oct 20, 2010 Verified

    nevermind, got it!
  4. M1A2

    M1A2 Advocate (515) Ohio Jan 15, 2012 Verified

    I can't be the only one that has done this right??
  5. DruckusB

    DruckusB Aficionado (130) Kentucky Feb 27, 2012

    Actually getting ready to do this for some homebrew, yours turned out looking great!
  6. ncaudle

    ncaudle Advocate (665) Virginia May 28, 2010 Verified

    haven't done it with commercial beers but I do it for my cellarable homebrews.

    one piece of advice - some commercial beers vintages, like that BA Naked Evil, is determined by its cap color. if you're going to wax it you should mark the bottle somehow for future reference so you know what vintage it is. (in the case of your B.A.N.E. white cap = 2011, black cap = 2012)
  7. Have done this for 2 homebrew batches. Never for commercial brews.
  8. M1A2

    M1A2 Advocate (515) Ohio Jan 15, 2012 Verified

    Yep, i mark all my bottles with the vintage as soon as i get them, always.
  9. badboy7113

    badboy7113 Savant (475) Florida Jan 19, 2011 Verified

    Those bottles look familiar! And I have actually done this also, I have a bottle of Zhukov and Moat Water that I did that with to age for the year. I like how the yellow came out!
  10. M1A2

    M1A2 Advocate (515) Ohio Jan 15, 2012 Verified

    Thanks, i could not of done it without your help!;)
  11. averse

    averse Aficionado (170) Ohio Feb 14, 2012 Verified

    I'd like to see some more of these. Anyone else got any pics of self waxed bottles?
  12. hooliganlife

    hooliganlife Advocate (665) Missouri Apr 12, 2007 Verified

    so easy. wax is cheap. i always heated mine up in a tin can so i oculd always go back and re-use it. just tip the tip in, usually takes a few a dips to totally cover it. solid protection.
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  13. Pecan

    Pecan Savant (445) Arizona Dec 20, 2012

    Some experimenting with wax this evening.
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  14. rowingbrewer

    rowingbrewer Advocate (605) Massachusetts May 28, 2010 Verified

    I have been meaning to try this. Maybe I will now that I am finally building out a section in my cellar to properly store beet rather than piled in boxes down there
  15. claaark13

    claaark13 Advocate (715) Indiana Nov 29, 2007 Verified

    I feel like a properly waxed bottle is suddenly worth twice as much as an unwaxed bottle, solely based on badassness.
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  16. mikeywtc

    mikeywtc Savant (265) Massachusetts Dec 7, 2011 Verified

    Glad I'm not alone on this one.. I wax dipped some homebrews for all of my cousins for Christmas this year and immediately felt more badass handing them out, mostly because they were hand waxed :)!
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  17. milo_leon

    milo_leon Aficionado (100) New York Aug 25, 2012


    Here are some of my waxed bottles. I don't generally go for the dripping-off-the-bottle-wax jobs since I like the clean look. My plan is to color-code my wax by year. Obviously blue = 2012. Will order a new color for 2013 soon, am on a beer-buying hiatus but will look to get Bigfoot soon.
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  18. Wiscobrew

    Wiscobrew Savant (265) Nevada Feb 19, 2011

    +1 This is my plan. It is more for uniformity than protection. 2012 was my first year of buying more than drinking, and I look forward to seeing the different colors through the years.

    Does anyone save the wax off of the bottles they open? I am thinking that will be a good way to have the color on hand if I happen on that color's vintage in the future.
  19. milo_leon

    milo_leon Aficionado (100) New York Aug 25, 2012

    i do try to save what i can but its generally a pain in the ass to open the beer so most likely i just give up trying to salvage the wax. any tips on making it easier to open waxed bottles?
  20. atone315

    atone315 Champion (870) Wisconsin Oct 8, 2008 Verified

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  21. milo_leon

    milo_leon Aficionado (100) New York Aug 25, 2012

  22. kmello69

    kmello69 Advocate (645) Texas Nov 27, 2011 Verified

    Tried this for the first time last night, and I like the results. If nothing else, I like the way waxed bottles look. :) A little time consuming (took me a while to figure out the best melting method) but well worth it!

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  23. CityofBals

    CityofBals Initiate (0) Illinois Sep 12, 2012

    If the OP or someone with similarly shiny/malleable drips would care to chime in on their formula on glue:crayon ratio, it would be much appreciated!

    The Marshal Z bottles look like 2011 BADL's, very cool look IMHO.
  24. kmello69

    kmello69 Advocate (645) Texas Nov 27, 2011 Verified

    Glue:crayon ration? Hmm. I use bottling wax that I buy at the local homebrew shop. About $10 for a bag that does 50-60 bottles. If you want the drippy look, just let the wax run down the bottle. Mine dont look like that just because I let em drip back into the can until the dripping stops, thus getting a uniform look.
  25. Pecan

    Pecan Savant (445) Arizona Dec 20, 2012

    Yep, the drips are more about technique with bottling wax. The drips come from turning the bottle upright before the wax has had time to fully dry. It ends up being the difference between turning it over 2 seconds after dip and 4 seconds after dip, but gets much easier the more you play with it.
  26. milo_leon

    milo_leon Aficionado (100) New York Aug 25, 2012

    i think red will be the next color i order- sick look!
  27. kmello69

    kmello69 Advocate (645) Texas Nov 27, 2011 Verified

    Yeah, this one was called "holiday red" or something. They also had a darker, more maroon red, but I thought this one would look good on any bottles. When I run out of red, I have some gold for the next batch.
  28. Anybody every have any problems with this? I was just doing a bunch of bottles, got about 40 or so done and then as I was dipping my HF Vera Mai it started gushing all over. Sucks but the plus side is I get to drink a Vera Mai tonight. Any thoughts as to how to prevent this?
  29. kmello69

    kmello69 Advocate (645) Texas Nov 27, 2011 Verified

    Can you give a little more info - were the bottles cold? Was the wax right off the heat? Its possible that it was just a loose cap that was drawn off by the heat, but if the bottle was cold or the wax too hot that could have an impact too.
  30. The bottle was room temp, the wax was right off the heat. The wax itself was still in the pot I was using to boil it and was on the stove so it may have just been too hot to use immediately.
  31. kmello69

    kmello69 Advocate (645) Texas Nov 27, 2011 Verified

    Could have been. I dont know for sure it makes any difference, but I let the wax sit a minute or 2 before dipping a bottle in it. But it may have just been a loose cap that blew off on ya - thats something I certainly worried about!
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  32. BeerThursdays

    BeerThursdays Advocate (595) Delaware Feb 28, 2010 Verified

    My wife and I waxed a case of 2010 WWS and I gave a 4 pack to each of my groomsmen. We've yet to crack any, but they look pretty cool.. Even kept a 4 pack set aside for my 7 year old nephew. Hope he appreciates it in about 10 more years..

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  33. M1A2

    M1A2 Advocate (515) Ohio Jan 15, 2012 Verified

    Thanks! As far as what I did, I use 2 of the mini glue sticks to 1 crayon. With the yellow I used on the MZ bottles I cut cut a pop can in half using the bottom side of course cut up 4 mini glue sticks and 2 crayon into small chunks and put them in the can bottom and then into the oven @ 350 for about ten min took out and mixed it together and put back in for 10, 15 min more until its thin. Then dip the bottles in twist them around for a sec and the here is the trick to make it run down the bottle turn them back up right as soon as you pull them out of the wax and watch it run down the bottle. Good luck do a few bottles that do not mean a whole lot to at first till you get the hang of it.
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  34. milo_leon

    milo_leon Aficionado (100) New York Aug 25, 2012

    slick look!
  35. crytion

    crytion Savant (255) Ohio Jun 24, 2010

    my wax keeps cracking a couple of minutes after it dries. Its really bumming me out. i added a couple more glue sticks if that doesnt work then im just throwing all these beers away.
  36. kdmcguire10

    kdmcguire10 Savant (385) Michigan Jul 15, 2011

    Any tips on getting those signature drips?
  37. mikeywtc

    mikeywtc Savant (265) Massachusetts Dec 7, 2011 Verified

    Nothing too special...I dipped each bottle three times (if memory serves me right) and each time right after I dipped a bottle, I immediately put it on an old towel and allowed the wax to run down the bottles. The wax kind of curved itself off the bottle on its own as it dried.
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  38. Have any of you guys tried cheese wax? I imagine it might be more chemically safe, and the consistency should be good, but you might not have the variety of colors to choose from.

    Maybe I'll buy some any try it out and report back with my findings.
  39. founder26

    founder26 Savant (460) Michigan Sep 9, 2009

    Word of advice, where safety goggles, trust me
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  40. smonice

    smonice Initiate (0) New Jersey Aug 10, 2012

    Wow. That is a really good gift and idea!