Wheat Paste
Advice
Wheat paste

Prepare 1 cup (2.4 dl) of very hot water. Make a thin mixture of 3 tablespoons (45 ml) of white flour and cold water. Pour the cold mixture slowly into the hot water while stirring constantly. Bring to a boil. When it thickens, allow to cool. Smear on like any other glue. For slightly better strength, add 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of sugar after the glue is thickened. After using a portion, reheat the remaining in a covered jar or container to sterilize it for storage or keep refrigerated. If wheat flour is not available, other flours will work.

As for stock, I print labels on an inkjet on a master sheet, then photocopy the master because toner wont run like ink. When I do color labels, I bring the master sheet to Staples and have color photocopies made, but this is expensive ($1.09/8 labels) and I only do it for special beers (like this years Xmas beer). I find that regular photocopy paper is OK, but it tends to disintegrate after soaking, which sometimes require careful rinsing. A slightly better option (but again, more expensive) is the heavy weight inkjet paper that companies like HP market. I guess it is about twice as thick as regular copy paper, and it definitely holds together better when soaking wet.

As for application, after I make up the paste, I use a regular rubber spatula. Ive found this to be the fastest method and it provides a very uniform coating of the paste.

Well, thats probably more than you bargained for, but I hope you find it helpful.

10/28/02
Wheat Paste