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Free Beer Bottle Labels
« on: July 10, 2014, 09:55:58 PM »
I was looking to put labels on my beer bottles so they looked good.  If you are looking for a good resource to print free beer bottle labels, check out the link below.  there were a handful of posts but none seemed to bring everything together.  See below link:

http://andyslusher.blogspot.com/2011/07/7-sources-for-creating-your-own.html

A new site www.DIYFreeBeerLabels.com


A new site www.DIYFreeBeerLabels.com  lets you print free beer bottle labels at home via PDF.  it can be printed on regular paper.  Some good tips to stick the label to a bottle:  use 2% milk and wipe it on the paper.  it sticks really well and will remove easily.  much better than a sticky back label.

The labels take a little more time to put on but after spending so much time on the brew, its worth it.  the labels help bring a boring brown bottle to life. 

Cheers!
« Last Edit: July 23, 2014, 08:07:46 PM by KingsmillCellarBrewers »

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Re: Free Beer Bottle Labels
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2014, 07:28:36 AM »
I think there is a devolution in home brewing. At first its all about the name of your beer and a cool label idea. You eventually quit making labels (usually about the time the beer starts getting drinkable), and eventually you even quit naming them. I call my two best beers Scottish and APA. I might throw a name on something im experimenting on, like James' Brown or Bing Quadsby. My labels are a peice of blue painters tape on the keg handle.

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Re: Free Beer Bottle Labels
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2014, 08:00:52 AM »
I think there is a devolution in home brewing. At first its all about the name of your beer and a cool label idea. You eventually quit making labels (usually about the time the beer starts getting drinkable), and eventually you even quit naming them. I call my two best beers Scottish and APA. I might throw a name on something im experimenting on, like James' Brown or Bing Quadsby. My labels are a peice of blue painters tape on the keg handle.

+1 - I was so into designing labels when I first started brewing. Now I don't even bother giving them funny names in my recipe software, because I can never remember whether "Fizzy Yellow", "Kraut Pee", "Skunk Pee" or "Asparagus Pee" was the version of light lager that I actually wanted to brew.
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Re: Free Beer Bottle Labels
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2014, 08:05:25 AM »
I think there is a devolution in home brewing. At first its all about the name of your beer and a cool label idea. You eventually quit making labels (usually about the time the beer starts getting drinkable), and eventually you even quit naming them. I call my two best beers Scottish and APA. I might throw a name on something im experimenting on, like James' Brown or Bing Quadsby. My labels are a peice of blue painters tape on the keg handle.

+1 - I was so into designing labels when I first started brewing. Now I don't even bother giving them funny names in my recipe software, because I can never remember whether "Fizzy Yellow", "Kraut Pee", "Skunk Pee" or "Asparagus Pee" was the version of light lager that I actually wanted to brew.

Same here...exotic labels, clever names.  Now it's kegs and names like "#452 German Pils".
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Re: Free Beer Bottle Labels
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2014, 08:09:31 AM »
Yep. I use the blackboard tap handles, so it's "IPA", "Alt", "Saison", etc. Masking tape with the style name on the keg.
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Re: Free Beer Bottle Labels
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2014, 08:25:37 AM »
I will label bottles if I am planning to hang on to them for a long time or give them away. Even then, not creative names, just style appropriate artwork that is often a mono-tone image with tone on tone text.

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Re: Free Beer Bottle Labels
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2014, 08:26:38 AM »
Guess i missed that phase memo.  I never bottled with labels., to the point tha ti have had several surprise beers in the past few weeks:D
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Re: Free Beer Bottle Labels
« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2014, 08:56:07 AM »
too many batches; I only name/label the failures at this point.  Usually with some version of a "FAIL" meme

I'm planning to use an image similar to this one for if I ever make a mousy cider.


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« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2014, 09:17:30 AM »
too many batches; I only name/label the failures at this point.  Usually with some version of a "FAIL" meme

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Re: Free Beer Bottle Labels
« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2014, 03:30:26 PM »
It is a funny perspective. When I started last year, my gurlfriend( the creative half of our pair) said she found some labels she wanted to buy for me. I turned them down, as even a year later most of my batches are simply named by style. Every bottle of IPA gets IPA sharpied on the bottle cap. I have named one beer: it was a clone of a local favorite called  "Chickow" from ferris Bueller. I named mine "trust me, I'm a professional." Her favorite brew of mine so far(original is her/out favorite local beer


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Re: Free Beer Bottle Labels
« Reply #10 on: July 11, 2014, 07:46:49 PM »
Back when I bottled every batch, they all got labels.  I had gotten to the point where different cap types and/or markings on the caps stopped making sense.  You had no certainty of what you were opening.  I had case upon case of beer in the basement.  No kids and I was brewing at a furious pace.

Now I keg.  I brew the same handful of recipes repeatedly.  Tape with name, date, OG, and FG and that's it.

I will still print labels if I'm bottling for a gift, but that's about it.
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Re: Free Beer Bottle Labels
« Reply #11 on: July 11, 2014, 08:15:29 PM »
beerlabelizer.com is another site like the one you mention.  I think the labels here are better.  I especially like the one with the 'Biohazard' symbol, but I would have to use it for all my beers.  Most of the labels here require 'membership', however, it's only $5 and that's good forever.  On the downside, when you print the labels, it eats up your ink.  If I do label anything anymore, I use a spreadsheet I have pre-formatted.  Plain black and white, I do a find and replace on each field I need to change and then I print out 12 labels per page.
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Re: Free Beer Bottle Labels
« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2014, 04:27:48 AM »
I name them, but just as often as not, it's a simple name or a joke.  I presently have on tap: "Into the Boards", a Czech lager I brewed when the hockey playoffs were underway; "Redheaded Stepchild", a red ale; "Not as Bitter", an English bitter, and "Ed's Smoked Honey Wheat", a recipe using those ingredients by the owner of my LHBS that took a silver at NHC a few years back.  But as to labels - the blue tape route is what I use on my kegs.  Even then, it is just so I can tell them apart before loading them into the serving fridge.  I use dry erase magnetic strips to label the taps on the fridge...all that said, I appreciate the talents of those who design some outstanding labels.
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Re: Free Beer Bottle Labels
« Reply #13 on: July 12, 2014, 07:18:19 AM »
I designed three or four labels but never got around to labeling bottles because putting labels on means taking them back off. I have named all of my beers minus my solera pulls, which are just labeled as "lambic soler year" and the year of the pull. I have never named the handful of ciders and meads I have done over the years. I am running out of fun names for my beers.

My mother in law has been cleaning out her parents' house after they passed away and offered me a 1930s hand-operated mimeograph designed to make postal card-sized forms, ads, etc. I am planning on using it to make very basic black and white labels for some of my beers I want to keep for years. I don't know if I will ever get around to actually doing it but it would have a clean look and a cool story behind it.
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Re: Free Beer Bottle Labels
« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2014, 10:25:49 AM »
I designed three or four labels but never got around to labeling bottles because putting labels on means taking them back off.
I attach any labels with milk.  As soon as I pour one, I thoroughly rinse the bottle to clear out the yeast.  While they're sitting under the faucet, the hot water will loosen the label.  Then it's just a matter of wiping the bottle off where the label was.
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