Sculpin Can Date Code

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  1. quetzal013

    quetzal013 Initiate (147) Feb 16, 2011 California

    I finally got my first cans of Sculpin but I can't decipher the code to figure out the canned on date. Anyone have a lead on a decoder ring for Ballast Point cans?
     
  2. pmarlowe

    pmarlowe Meyvn (1,349) Nov 27, 2010 Virginia
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    They use Julian dating. There should be a conversion chart somewhere on the case.
     
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  3. besaunders

    besaunders Initiate (0) Nov 8, 2007 California

    Julian dating? Easy as apple pie.
     
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  4. quetzal013

    quetzal013 Initiate (147) Feb 16, 2011 California

    Unfortunately we disposed of the case when my buddy and I split up the 6 pack. Next time I will do that for sure.

    How about the cans? Any idea what the #'s on the bottom of the can are trying to tell me? Or is this some Ouija thing?
     
  5. quetzal013

    quetzal013 Initiate (147) Feb 16, 2011 California

    so if it says SC 241 13094 what is the Julian part of that? The beer just got on the shelf, I don't think it should have been canned on 241 of last year. 94 of this year maybe?
     
  6. quetzal013

    quetzal013 Initiate (147) Feb 16, 2011 California

    By the way, thanks guys, I appreciate your help but I was too dunce too look at the box.
     
  7. quetzal013

    quetzal013 Initiate (147) Feb 16, 2011 California

    My guess is this after chatting with Kotayk:
    13094 is code for April 4th, 2013 or the 94th day of the 13th year.

    THIS IS JUST AN EDUCATED GUESS.
     
  8. Xul

    Xul Crusader (798) May 18, 2008 California

    That's likely accurate...I've got a couple cans left in my fridge from a six-pack I bought from the brewery a week or two after they were first released (official first release was March 22 per Facebook), and the date code is 13086 (March 27th), which would make sense.
     
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  9. HopHead84

    HopHead84 Poo-Bah (3,708) Nov 29, 2006 California
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    Sounds right, and it's batch # 241 of Sculpin.
     
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  10. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 California

    Mine were all smeared off. I'll check again next purchase. There is NOTHING on the can carrier though, so it's a gamble. Fresh beer isn't something BP is too concerned about.
     
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  11. thatinvisibo

    thatinvisibo Initiate (0) Sep 5, 2005 California

    I bought a 6 pack the first day they were available, which was a day after they were canned. I remember the numbers on mine matching up with your guess, so I'm guessing that's right.
     
  12. besaunders

    besaunders Initiate (0) Nov 8, 2007 California

    The can in my fridge that I checked this morning had a very clearly stamped number iin a silver box: "30313". Date? I dunno, but it sure looks like one.
     
  13. quetzal013

    quetzal013 Initiate (147) Feb 16, 2011 California

    Ballast Point sent the following, thanks everyone...

    The date code on our cans are based off of the Julian date coding system. Ballast Point will be moving towards this coding system for all packaged goods in the coming future. The code 13094 indicates the packaged date of April 4th 2013. The first two number “13” indicates the year and the last three digits “094” refer to how many days into the year. In this case 094 days out of 365 puts us on April 4th.
     
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  14. PlinyBeMiney

    PlinyBeMiney Aspirant (247) Jan 12, 2011 California
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    Is it really that hard to just stamp the date in a normal every day format?
     
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  15. papat444

    papat444 Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2006 Quebec (Canada)


    This would seem to indicate that it's ONLY for the cans. Do they still use best by dates on their bottles?
     
  16. rmdownward

    rmdownward Initiate (160) Feb 10, 2007 California

    Working for a food company, julian dating is pretty standard.
     
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  17. papat444

    papat444 Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2006 Quebec (Canada)


    I read Julian dates better than regular dates after all this work :grinning:
     
  18. imbrue001

    imbrue001 Initiate (178) Aug 6, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Nope, the stupid Julian date is on the bottles with the new labels. Kinda messed up though that my store just got these in today and yet it's coded "13200" (July 19). AKA, already bad. Never again will I be fooled by your trickery BP.
     
  19. Rick760Sd

    Rick760Sd Initiate (162) Jun 5, 2012 California
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    Welcome to San Diego beer distribution.
     
  20. Brewzer1010

    Brewzer1010 Initiate (92) Feb 17, 2010 New Jersey
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    Stupid? It's far better than purchasing a bottle with a best by date that has yet to be explained.
     
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  21. Rick760Sd

    Rick760Sd Initiate (162) Jun 5, 2012 California
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    That's ok, it'll pair well with a chicken bake. :wink:
     
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  22. FunkyMacGroovin

    FunkyMacGroovin Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2009 California



    Your beer isn't out of date, it's just over a month old.
     
  23. imbrue001

    imbrue001 Initiate (178) Aug 6, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Yes exactly.
    Sculpin starts to fall off at 2 weeks.
    Theres no way I'm paying $13.99 plus 9% sales tax for a mediocre IPA.
     
  24. FunkyMacGroovin

    FunkyMacGroovin Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2009 California

    You live in PA and are complaining about 5-week old beer from CA? Dude, chill out.
     
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  25. imbrue001

    imbrue001 Initiate (178) Aug 6, 2010 Pennsylvania

    That was MD prices, PA is even more. And the beer isn't traveling by rickshaw.
    I don't think its too much to ask for the most expensive 6-pack IPA in my regular store to come with a date that doesn't require math calculations.. or to be fresh. You obviously haven't tried a fresh one next to an old one 'cause then you would see just how completely different the two are.
     
  26. PeterJ

    PeterJ Initiate (113) Dec 5, 2012 California

    That's a lie. I have a BP rep at my shop about once a week checking date codes. BP does as much as they can to make sure their beer is fresh on shelves.
     
  27. kotayk

    kotayk Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2011 California

    http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/partners/fepp/julian-calendar.pdf

    Everybody take a deep fucking breath ...u dont need to be a rocket scientist ..u simply need to be able to type in your smart phone the day of the year or just, bookmark the link.

    Be thankful they date
     
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  28. e34john

    e34john Initiate (0) Jul 22, 2013 California

    That's pretty slick, thanks. Saves me calculating time so I can hurry up and decide what I want to buy.
     
  29. crbooher

    crbooher Initiate (0) Apr 8, 2010 California

    This is true. One of my favorite beers fresh, but I have been really disappointed many times in buying bottles or cans of it away from the brewery.
     
  30. imbrue001

    imbrue001 Initiate (178) Aug 6, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Thanks for the link, that may come in handy. My only problem now is getting a half decent phone signal when I'm in the back of the store.
     
  31. USMCretired

    USMCretired Initiate (0) Sep 3, 2012 California

  32. Altoid

    Altoid Initiate (20) Jun 1, 2013 California
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    Am I missing something or why does everyone prefer the can so much more then the bottle? I know in general cans keep better (light/seal) and all that stuff but is there any other specific/different about Sculpin in cans vs bottle or is it just that it stays even fresher thus better?

    I am not trying to start a can vs bottle derail just wondering if anything is done different since this beer always seems to be singled out for can. Is it just that it's in both forms and people prefer the can for it?
     
  33. kotayk

    kotayk Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2011 California

    The lack of porosity of the Aluminum alloy which constitutes the cans retains more "rare".
     
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  34. LegalBrew87

    LegalBrew87 Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2012 California

    I prefer what tastes better and what tastes better is the canned version. All of the cans I've had have tasted like "Sculpin," at least for the most part. Whereas I've had 2-3 week old bottles that are unrecognizably bad, which seems to be a trend.
     
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