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Postby slimsparty » Thu Oct 16, 2008 2:24 pm

I too have thought about labels. Then my mentor said, "hey you'll just have to soak them off again. :x

So I'm a sharpie letter on the cap guy now. I agree, A date code would pretty smart as supply catches up with demand in my conditioning shelves.

I still love the idea of cool labels, my father in law an ex newspaper reporter and publishe author was thinking of making some for me.

Otherwise, whenever I'm around now, people look for the unlabeled bottles, knowing that is where the good stuff is. :P
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Postby dasein668 » Fri Oct 17, 2008 7:37 am

I've thought about, but haven't yet tried, creating a stencil version of my logo and using glass etching liquid to etch my bottles. Then I would have the logo and my brewery name on each bottle.

If I get around to trying that I'll also etch a rectangle onto each bottle so that I can write the type of beer on each bottle with a grease pencil. I think that would hold up in a damp environment.
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Postby rkerstetter » Sun Oct 19, 2008 2:03 pm

I use the Avery 3"X4" removable labels. They can be easily peeled off and require no soaking. I do the label design with Avery's DesignPro for Mac. Works great. :)
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Label follow up...

Postby Suthrncomfrt1884 » Wed Mar 11, 2009 6:49 pm

So, after reading this post, a few people recommended the removable labels from OnlineLabels.com.

I bought 100 of these and began putting them on my bottles. I find them harder to remove than regular craft beer bottle labels. The adhesive sticks like crazy. Maybe it's because they sat in a fridge for awhile, but I'm not sure I'm very pleased with them.



Has anyone figured out a way to waterproof labels? Maybe a thin coat of some spray on polyurythane? I'm not sure if this would ruin the colors.
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What about "dots" on the caps?

Postby billvelek » Thu Mar 12, 2009 11:03 am

I've never bothered to label my beers; I just mark the bottle caps with a sharpie. However, it's almost impossible for me to write more than a few initials on the cap, so I have considered trying Avery "dots", but just haven't gotten around to it. "Dots" are 3/4" diameter circular labels that will fit on top of a bottle cap just fine, and then you won't need to worry about removing them from the bottles. I think that a piece of wide scotch tape across the small label should help protect it from running/smearing if it gets wet. Avery has templates for their labels which can be used with various word processing programs, and with the 'text' tools that most of them have, you might be able to create some text around the circumference, as well as add something in the center.

Just a thought.

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Postby Suthrncomfrt1884 » Thu Mar 12, 2009 11:42 am

I also just mark the tops of my beers. Unless I'm planning on giving them away. I give away 6 packs to friends and now I'm entering the BYO Label contest, so I'd like to have a solid label to send them.

If I'm not giving them away, they're number or letter coded and I have a list in my storage room to help remind me what's what.
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Re: Label follow up...

Postby slothrob » Thu Mar 12, 2009 12:42 pm

Suthrncomfrt1884 wrote:So, after reading this post, a few people recommended the removable labels from OnlineLabels.com.

I bought 100 of these and began putting them on my bottles. I find them harder to remove than regular craft beer bottle labels. The adhesive sticks like crazy. Maybe it's because they sat in a fridge for awhile, but I'm not sure I'm very pleased with them.

Has anyone figured out a way to waterproof labels? Maybe a thin coat of some spray on polyurythane? I'm not sure if this would ruin the colors.

I'm surprised you had problems with the "removable" labels. Like I said in my post, I've had no problem just pealing them off after leaving them on for several weeks. I'll experiment with leaving them in the fridge for a few weeks and see if that changes things. I do have to say that I rarely use them because I prefer the dots.

I have heard of people using spray-on polyurethane to make them water resistant, but I doubt they can be made water proof. Maybe if you brought the labels to a small print shop they could print some with waterproof ink.

Is the ink in a color laser printer or a color copier waterproof?
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Postby mule » Fri Apr 10, 2009 1:29 pm

Check with the local ink jet cartridge refill place, they have access to different types of inks. If I'm not mistaken, they do have water proof inks. I'll be checking on this one myself..... The boss's wife has an ink jet refill business.

I made my labels on MS Publisher.
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