Marking carboy gallon marks with etching cream

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Etch marks at 5 gallons and 5.5 gallons in a 6.5 gallon carboy

Etch marks at 5 gallons and 5.5 gallons in a 6.5 gallon carboy

Plastic fermentation buckets usually have nice markings on the side to tell you how much volume you have.  It can be a little tougher to tell when you are using glass carboys.  We purchased Etching Cream, which is an acid that etches the glass of a carboy.  We filled the carboys up with 5 gallons of water and marked the level using masking tape.  We then added another half-gallon and marked with masking tape again.  You can paint the etching cream on between the masking tape and create nice volume markers on your carboy.

Armour Etch Cream, 22-Ounce

  • 22-ounce bottle of armour etch cream
  • Permanent etched designs
  • Dishwasher safe
Armour Etch is a fast acting specially formulated glass etching compound that lets you create permanently etched designs on windows, mirrors and household glassware. Create your own custom glass etching stencil or use a pre made stencil like Rub N Etch, Over N Over or Peel N Etch. This unique glass etching system allows anyone to personalize and decorate glass or mirrors in minutes with no previous experience. Try it, you will love it. Not intended for use by children. Will NOT etch Pyrex or plastices. NOT recommended for etching large solid areas of glass.

List Price: $ 34.25 Price: $ 14.99

To apply the etched numbers we used stencils.  We found stencils that can be used over and over again:

Armour Etch Over N Over Stencil Upper Case

  • Narrowest letter- 1/8-inch wide
  • Widest letter- 1/2-inch wide
  • All letters- 5/8-inch high
Each stencil can be reused between 15-20 times depending on the amount of pressure, care of use, distance between the tip of the blasting gun and the stencil, and the type of abrasive (we recommend between 180-220 grit size preferably 220). Oh, by the way...did we mention that you can also use these stencils with our Armour Etch glass etching cream, water based paints and even body paints

List Price: $ 6.49 Price: $ 6.27

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  1. [...] like it was too much work just to fill a carboy to a certain level so we recently purchased glass etching cream, with comes with templates, so we could make a mark  5, 5.5, and 6 gallons on our carboys.  Now [...]

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