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Re: Labeling bottles
« Reply #15 on: October 07, 2012, 10:57:38 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.
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.

Mostly I just use regular inkjet paper.  For special labels I use lightweight photo paper.  Here's one of the labels I've done...don't laugh, Keith, I'm no graphic designer!

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Re: Labeling bottles
« Reply #16 on: October 08, 2012, 06:27:38 AM »
I use Avery 3*4 inch labels (6 / sheet) and print on a color laser printer. Inkjet works too, but condensation will cause the ink to run and soaking will render them unreadable. Laser toner is waterproof. If I'm being cheap I'll use 2*2 5/8 inch lables (15 / sheet).  The only problem with these labels is that they will wrinkle and occasionally come off if put in a cooler of ice, but that also means they are easily removed. 
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Re: Labeling bottles
« Reply #17 on: October 08, 2012, 06:31:32 AM »
For a special batch, or gifts I've used http://www.grogtag.com/
twice now. Very happy with the results.

They have some great templates, and you can use your own artwork or photos. Labels are vinyl and reusable. 
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Re: Labeling bottles
« Reply #18 on: October 08, 2012, 08:31:19 AM »
I also use the Avery address labels.  They are cheap and easy to print.  They will run when I use my inkjet printer but most of the time the bottles are in a fridge and that is not a problem.  If I put them on ice, I just mark the caps with the beer initials so I know what I am handing out.  If I had any artistic/graphics skills, then real labels would be fun.
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Re: Labeling bottles
« Reply #19 on: October 09, 2012, 12:26:19 PM »
I do like Denny but use a combination of MS Word and Publisher and print on a laser printer. All my labels are square or rectangular so I can cut them with a paper cuter. I usually print out 4 or 6 to a sheet.
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Re: Labeling bottles
« Reply #20 on: October 09, 2012, 12:26:45 PM »
GrogTag has a online tool that you can use to layout your label, either using one of their templates or from scratch.  They also have a 15% off promo going on right now... http://www.homebrewfinds.com/2012/10/grogtag-new-fall-beer-label-templates.html

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Re: Labeling bottles
« Reply #21 on: October 10, 2012, 05:52:04 AM »
I usually use the sharpie on the cap method for my regular everyday beer.  For labels for gift beers, I make them pretty much as mentioned above. I was using pregummed labels, and they worked great, but I will probably switch to paper with a glue stick for this next batch.   One thing I started doing is after they are printed I spray them with a clear coat to keep the ink from running when they get wet.  It may not work if the bottles are put in an ice bath, but it helps keep them from running if they get wet from the pour.

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Re: Labeling bottles
« Reply #22 on: October 10, 2012, 06:42:26 AM »
Since I hate having to remove the labels to re-use the bottles I use the Avery 3/4" round dot labels and just place them on the bottle cap. They are small but I can fit the name, brew date, bottle date and ABV% and since you pop the cap when you pour all you have to do is rinse the bottle out and re-use it when ready. Super easy and super cheap!
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Re: Labeling bottles
« Reply #23 on: October 10, 2012, 07:29:05 AM »
I've used the pre-gummed labels and also regular paper.

Rather than a glue stick, you can also use a small amount of milk.  Wet the back of the label with milk, stick it to the bottle.  Dries like glue, doesn't smell rancid.

Both the pre-gummed and the milk-glue will come off when wet.  So, if you put them in a cooler of ice you'll wind up with the same problem of not knowing which is which.

As for ink, I've found that HP ink jet ink will run when wet.  Epson ink jet ink will not.  For this reason, I have not junked my old Epson printer, although the jets do not give great resolution any longer.
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Re: Labeling bottles
« Reply #24 on: October 10, 2012, 08:38:44 AM »
I've used the pre-gummed labels and also regular paper.

Rather than a glue stick, you can also use a small amount of milk.  Wet the back of the label with milk, stick it to the bottle.  Dries like glue, doesn't smell rancid.

Both the pre-gummed and the milk-glue will come off when wet.  So, if you put them in a cooler of ice you'll wind up with the same problem of not knowing which is which.

As for ink, I've found that HP ink jet ink will run when wet.  Epson ink jet ink will not.  For this reason, I have not junked my old Epson printer, although the jets do not give great resolution any longer.

Labels I've attached with a glue stick fall right off when run under hot water.
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Re: Re: Labeling bottles
« Reply #25 on: October 10, 2012, 08:47:59 AM »
Rather than a glue stick, you can also use a small amount of milk.  Wet the back of the label with milk, stick it to the bottle.  Dries like glue, doesn't smell rancid.

+1 on the milk glue. Took me years to try for fear of rancid smell and a general disbelief it would work. It is the easiest, cheapest and most effective way I've found.

But my beer is usually in the fridge and not in an ice bath.

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Re: Labeling bottles
« Reply #26 on: October 22, 2012, 10:23:03 AM »
I've been doing laser-printed paper and milk lately. Seems to work OK, but because I'm lactose-intolerant, milk isn't something I typically have around. I may go the opposite direction and use a glue stick next time.
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Re: Labeling bottles
« Reply #27 on: October 22, 2012, 10:50:57 AM »
I recently made labels for beer at a wedding. I used the Elmers spray glue. I works great. The really good thing about it is the fact that you get a nice even coat and can really nail down those corners well.
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Re: Labeling bottles
« Reply #28 on: October 26, 2012, 06:41:11 AM »
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Rather than a glue stick, you can also use a small amount of milk.  Wet the back of the label with milk, stick it to the bottle.  Dries like glue, doesn't smell rancid.
I use the milk method as well.  I just wanted to add to use skim milk because it will not have any fat in it, so it wont start to smell rancid.


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Re: Labeling bottles
« Reply #29 on: October 26, 2012, 06:49:38 AM »
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Rather than a glue stick, you can also use a small amount of milk.  Wet the back of the label with milk, stick it to the bottle.  Dries like glue, doesn't smell rancid.
I use the milk method as well.  I just wanted to add to use skim milk because it will not have any fat in it, so it wont start to smell rancid.

IMO, this may be the only thing skim milk is good for.  I only have whole milk in the house and have not had rancid smells.  But I don't sniff the bottles frequently.
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