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  • on 09.02.2010
  • at 10:38 AM
  • by Shane

Making bottle wax for your beer6

I’ve been intrigued by the idea of waxing my own beer bottles for quite some time now. And now that I’m officially a homebrewer, I have proper justification. Not only does adding wax add as an extra precaution in preserving the beer, it also adds a certain “cool” factor to the aesthetic look. Fortunately, you can wax your own beer bottles for about $5.00 USD, if you know where to look.

In it’s simplest form, I’m going to outline the process so you can start waxing. This method originally was mentioned on the HomeBrewTalk forum, and involves extremely common, easy to find items. With the given amounts and proportions in the article, you should be able to wax at least 36 bottles.

The Process

1. Buy some Crayola (these work best) crayons. I found these 24-count assorted boxes on sale at Target for a mere $0.25 per box. You’ll need 10-12 of the same color crayons, so I purchased 12 boxes. The great thing is, these will last you for a long time if you plan on doing different colored wax. Take out the color you want and peel the paper off each crayon.

Crayola crayons, 24-count

2. The second “ingredient” in this concoction is some All Purpose Glue Sticks. These are essentially the hot glue gun sticks. I purchased a 20-count pack for around $2.50 at a craft store.

All purpose glue sticks

3. Add all 20 glue sticks to an emptied out “canned food” can. I used a bit of a larger one than a normal sized soup can. Place the can directly on top a propane burner and keep on a low heat, less than half-way to full force. Once the glue sticks begin to melt, break the crayons in half and add them to the can.

When I was stirring the mixture, I used a clamp tool to hold the can (it gets hot) while I stirred with a wooden rod. (Your stirrer will get ruined so use a scrap piece of wood or something along those lines). I kept mixing and kept the heat applied until everything felt smooth inside the can, which took about 15 minutes. Here’s what it looked like (this is after I was finished and it cooled).

Crayon & glue mixture

4. Turn the heat down even lower. Hold the can with your tool and dunk your bottle into the wax mixture. You’ll have to play with how far to dunk, as to what effect you want. Be aware that even though you may only do it quite shallow, the wax will run down the bottle a bit while it’s cooling. Place the bottles on an area to dry.

That’s about it. The wax should cool down and dry within 15-20 minutes and you can put them back into storage.

Enjoy!

Shane Holland is the Editor-in-Chief for Passion Beer.

He is a self-proclaimed craft beer geek and an all around lovable dork. He loves homebrewing, everything Philadelphia, traveling and enjoying the pleasures of life.


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  1. Mike says:

    That looks awesome. Nice job.

    This method has the added benefit of forcing people to pour into a glass, as I’m sure the wax doesn’t taste good when drinking out of the bottle.

  2. this sounds great! I tried metled candle wax and it worked pretty well, but had to get very hot to say melted. It caused one bottle to explode in my hand. not fun! the other thing that sucked about candle wax, it crumbles.

    I’m going to try this way, sounds much better then mine.

    • Shane says:

      That’s exactly what I wanted to avoid: crumbling. This method avoids that, thanks to the glue. I was considering trying just crayons but have heard it’s the same effect as with candle wax and crumbles.

      This was pretty fun and simple to do!

  3. Nick says:

    That looks great! Can’t wait to crack one open and try the Tripel!

  4. Lee Williams says:

    Thanks for posting this Shane. I almost want to try this now, even though I don’t have any special bottles to wax. Brilliant.

  5. OlliG says:

    love the tutorial. might be nice to mention the size of the glue sticks. I guess you can read it of the image though.

    Cheers

    OlliG

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