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Labeling bottles
« on: October 06, 2012, 10:19:20 AM »
For those that bottle, how do you label your brews.  I am starting to get several different brews and they all look the same in those plain brown bottles.:P  Right now I am just using location to identify them.  I would like to design my own labels because I am an art guy and have graphic design knowledge.  So what do you do?
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Re: Labeling bottles
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2012, 10:57:48 AM »
Well, I am definitely not an art guy, so my labeling consists of a Sharpie on the cap. I number my batches, so I just write that on the cap.
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Re: Labeling bottles
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2012, 11:16:54 AM »
I use Avery round colored labels on the caps. I have the label template saved on my computer and I print the name of the beer on the labels. One color per batch. Makes them easy to identify at a glance.
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Re: Labeling bottles
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2012, 11:36:25 AM »
I use Avery round colored labels on the caps. I have the label template saved on my computer and I print the name of the beer on the labels. One color per batch. Makes them easy to identify at a glance.
This is a great idea. Do these labels peel off easily?
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Re: Labeling bottles
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2012, 11:39:39 AM »
I use Avery round colored labels on the caps. I have the label template saved on my computer and I print the name of the beer on the labels. One color per batch. Makes them easy to identify at a glance.
This is a great idea. Do these labels peel off easily?
Doesn't matter does it?  They are on the caps if I am understanding and will be thrown away.
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Re: Labeling bottles
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2012, 11:45:01 AM »
I use Avery round colored labels on the caps. I have the label template saved on my computer and I print the name of the beer on the labels. One color per batch. Makes them easy to identify at a glance.

+1 but I stick with the white ones, I have more color options that way.  I use the 3/4" labels, 24 on a 4"x6" sheet.  I using 8 point font I can fit four lines on there, batch #, name, date, and abv.  They do peel off okay if you're looking to then submit a couple of bottles to competition.

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Re: Labeling bottles
« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2012, 11:51:34 AM »
For real labels, I use Microsoft Publisher.  After I print them out I attach them using a glue stick.  The glue is water soluble so they come off easily when the bottles are empty.  For down and dirty beer ID I just write the batch number on the cap with a Sharpie.
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Re: Re: Labeling bottles
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2012, 11:56:18 AM »
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Re: Labeling bottles
« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2012, 12:05:52 PM »
For real labels, I use Microsoft Publisher.  After I print them out I attach them using a glue stick.  The glue is water soluble so they come off easily when the bottles are empty.  For down and dirty beer ID I just write the batch number on the cap with a Sharpie.
Do you just use like a card stock or some other paper.  I am not planning on a big production here but for some of the big beers that will be around longer or given as gifts I think it would be neat to design a nice label.  Not to mention the fun of coming up with names and descriptions.
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Re: Labeling bottles
« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2012, 12:38:10 PM »


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+1 but I stick with the white ones, I have more color options that way.  I use the 3/4" labels, 24 on a 4"x6" sheet.  I using 8 point font I can fit four lines on there, batch #, name, date, and abv.  They do peel off okay if you're looking to then submit a couple of bottles to competition.
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i use the avery 1"x2 5/8' address white labels. it allows me to put the name/batch number, ibu, srm,  av and date bottled.
the labels come pretty easy after soak in hot water or PBW
i have yet to do a "fancy" label, but i think i will start that in the future for gifts.
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Re: Labeling bottles
« Reply #10 on: October 06, 2012, 04:34:50 PM »
I use these on the caps, and edit the template in Open Office.

http://www.onlinelabels.com/Products/OL5275CX.htm?search=ol5275cx&st=s

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Re: Labeling bottles
« Reply #11 on: October 06, 2012, 06:51:32 PM »
For real labels, I use Microsoft Publisher.  After I print them out I attach them using a glue stick.  The glue is water soluble so they come off easily when the bottles are empty.  For down and dirty beer ID I just write the batch number on the cap with a Sharpie.
Do you just use like a card stock or some other paper.  I am not planning on a big production here but for some of the big beers that will be around longer or given as gifts I think it would be neat to design a nice label.  Not to mention the fun of coming up with names and descriptions.
For keepers and gifts I do the same as denny, for gifts I use nice resume paper.something with a high rag content and texture so they feel nice in you hand as well. You can buy label paper that is pre gummed and it goes through a laser printer well enough but it's expensive
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Re: Labeling bottles
« Reply #12 on: October 06, 2012, 07:06:23 PM »
I use Photoshop Elements to create my labels. When print them out on my color laser printer using regular copy paper, then cut appriopriately. On the back of the paper I use a glue stick and put the label on the bottle. I've used different kinds of labels but found them to always be too big or small plus the added expense..
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Re: Labeling bottles
« Reply #13 on: October 06, 2012, 07:29:53 PM »
For real labels, I use Microsoft Publisher.  After I print them out I attach them using a glue stick.  The glue is water soluble so they come off easily when the bottles are empty.  For down and dirty beer ID I just write the batch number on the cap with a Sharpie.
Do you just use like a card stock or some other paper.  I am not planning on a big production here but for some of the big beers that will be around longer or given as gifts I think it would be neat to design a nice label.  Not to mention the fun of coming up with names and descriptions.
For keepers and gifts I do the same as denny, for gifts I use nice resume paper.something with a high rag content and texture so they feel nice in you hand as well. You can buy label paper that is pre gummed and it goes through a laser printer well enough but it's expensive
Good to know, I have resume paper, a nice new printer and Photoshop so I am going to start designing this week.  Thanks for the info all.
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Re: Labeling bottles
« Reply #14 on: October 06, 2012, 08:54:51 PM »
They do peel off okay if you're looking to then submit a couple of bottles to competition.
Thanks! That's was my reasoning.
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