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Reading Product Manufacture Dates

Many products have their date of manufacture printed right on the packaging. These dates are often included in a lot code and need to be deciphered.
Here are some examples of how to read lot codes:


New Island Mist Kits:
22432 4044 0155
Use the 4-digit code in the center.
4 | 044
First digit is the year starting at 2010. (4 = 2014)
Last three are the julian date. (044 = Feb, 13)
This example was packaged on 02/13/2014.

All other Winexpert Kits:
0404814
Use the 7-digit code at the bottom of the sticker.
04 | 048 | 14
First two digits are for the manufacturer's use. Ignore it.
Next three digits are the julian date. (048 = Feb, 17)
Last two digits are the year. (14 = 2014)
This example was packaged on 02/17/2014.

Briess Grain Sacks:
140723
Use the 6-digit code in bold.
14 | 07 | 23
First two digits are the year. (14 = 2014)
Second two digits are the month. (07 = July)
Last two digits are the day. (23 = 23rd)
This example was packaged on 07/23/14.



Reading Julian Dates:
Julian dates are a 3-digit representation of the day in a year, ranging from 001 to 365.
022 = 22nd day (January, 22nd)
158 = 158th day (June 7th)
349 = 349th day (December 15th)
These numbers change on a leap year.

Regular years:
(2001-2003, 2005-2007, 2009-2011, 2013-2015...)

DayJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
1 1 32 60 91121152182213244274305335
2 2 33 61 92122153183214245275306336
3 3 34 62 93123154184215246276307337
4 4 35 63 94124155185216247277308338
5 5 36 64 95125156186217248278309339
6 6 37 65 96126157187218249279310340
7 7 38 66 97127158188219250280311341
8 8 39 67 98128159189220251281312342
9 9 40 68 99129160190221252282313343
10 10 41 69100130161191222253283314344
11 11 42 70101131162192223254284315345
12 12 43 71102132163193224255285316346
13 13 44 72103133164194225256286317347
14 14 45 73104134165195226257287318348
15 15 46 74105135166196227258288319349
16 16 47 75106136167197228259289320350
17 17 48 76107137168198229260290321351
18 18 49 77108138169199230261291322352
19 19 50 78109139170200231262292323353
20 20 51 79110140171201232263293324354
21 21 52 80111141172202233264294325355
22 22 53 81112142173203234265295326356
23 23 54 82113143174204235266296327357
24 24 55 83114144175205236267297328358
25 25 56 84115145176206237268298329359
26 26 57 85116146177207238269299330360
27 27 58 86117147178208239270300331361
28 28 59 87118148179209240271301332362
29 29 88119149180210241272302333363
30 30 89120150181211242273303334364
31 31 90 151 212243 304 365
Leap years:
(2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020...)

DayJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
1 1 32 61 92122153183214245275306336
2 2 33 62 93123154184215246276307337
3 3 34 63 94124155185216247277308338
4 4 35 64 95125156186217248278309339
5 5 36 65 96126157187218249279310340
6 6 37 66 97127158188219250280311341
7 7 38 67 98128159189220251281312342
8 8 39 68 99129160190221252282313343
9 9 40 69100130161191222253283314344
10 10 41 70101131162192223254284315345
11 11 42 71102132163193224255285316346
12 12 43 72103133164194225256286317347
13 13 44 73104134165195226257287318348
14 14 45 74105135166196227258288319349
15 15 46 75106136167197228259289320350
16 16 47 76107137168198229260290321351
17 17 48 77108138169199230261291322352
18 18 49 78109139170200231262292323353
19 19 50 79110140171201232263293324354
20 20 51 80111141172202233264294325355
21 21 52 81112142173203234265295326356
22 22 53 82113143174204235266296327357
23 23 54 83114144175205236267297328358
24 24 55 84115145176206237268298329359
25 25 56 85116146177207238269299330360
26 26 57 86117147178208239270300331361
27 27 58 87118148179209240271301332362
28 28 59 88119149180210241272302333363
29 29 60 89120150181211242273303334364
30 30 90121151182212243274304335365
31 31 91 152 213244 305 366