I want to make some labels

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I want to make some labels

Post by dartedplus » Sat May 19, 2001 10:08 am

I'd like to make some labels for my beer, but I'm unsure of what kind of program would be good for doing this, and then what should i print these labels onto. If anyone is currently doing this let me know what you use. Thanks, Ed

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Post by TTTony » Mon May 21, 2001 4:20 am

Brewsource sells labels. Although I've never used them, they sound fine. The are "dry gummed" so they'll come off easy when your done with the bottle. You wouldn't want to use a regular printer label because the adhesive is too good and you'll never get it all off afterwards. As for what program to use, just about anything. Paint Shop Pro is a great program for doing just about any artwork. They have a trial version available for download at www.jasc.com.......Good luck!

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plain paper

Post by xbrewer » Tue May 22, 2001 8:02 pm

Why not print labels on plain printer paper? I've read somewhere (Zymurgy perhaps) that milk makes a good adhesive for beer labels. It holds the label when dry but comes off very easily when wet. You might want to spray or brush some kind of water resistant finish on them to keep the ink from running.

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Online Labels

Post by l48shark » Thu May 24, 2001 10:02 pm

Check out www.myownlabels.com. I have not used their product yet, but this was recommended to me by a homebrew club member. I have printed labels that I designed in Windows Paintbrush on regular paper and attached with a glue stick with success, but the colors ran when the labels got wet in the cooler. The labels from the website are not supposed to run when wet.


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Post by xbrewer » Fri May 25, 2001 2:47 am

Looks kind of pricey to me.

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Post by jeff » Sat May 26, 2001 6:05 am

It is very common for home brewers to desire to augment their custom brew with a custom label. After all, a bottle without a label just doesn

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Labels; Software, etc

Post by andytv » Wed Oct 17, 2001 6:28 pm

I know this response is a little late, but here is what we do in my brew club;

Use a good graphics program to create the lebel. I use Microsoft Visio (a bit pricey but very versatile). You'll find that visio has numerous applications, from label design to process mapping and facility layouts (sort of like CAD for the windows savvy). Visio allows you to save your logo, label template etc, and you can add just about any graphic you pick up online.

After creating the scale label w/ Visio, I paste them into a cheap label software program, like the one that comes with your printer (can also paste into Word or excel, but it is a little more difficult to format the page).

You will find that Avery has numerous label sheets available (Maco is a cheaper off-brand). They also feature an easily removable label. We use the cheap 2X4" shipping labels. They can be removed by soaking the bottles in cold water for a few days, add bleach to the water and you have a bottle pre-cleaning bath.

The only drawbacks are

1) Printer ink, which can be overcome by making the labels at work, but make sure you also make some flashy color reports for your boss to justify the ink usage.

2) They do bleed. They won't last 5 minutes in an ice cooler.

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Color Xerox

Post by Teeroy » Sun Jun 25, 2006 6:06 pm

Got this from another website, tried it, and it worked well.

Make a sheet of the labels you want, using any of the techniques above, then take your sheet into Kinko's/Office Max/wherever you want that can do color Xerox copies. Have them run as many sheets as you need. You'll have to cut them and glue them using a glue-stick, but the colors won't run.

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Post by mcginnis842 » Sat Dec 09, 2006 10:42 pm

I use Avery Adhesive Name badges (#8395) and Photoshop.
Mine come off the bottle after a 30min to 1hr soak with a little pull with paper towel and if left longer the labels will usually fall off by themselves while soaking after about 2hrs. For inkjet labels they do quite well. Even on max dpi the ink doesn't completely run if they get wet. It just seems to fade a little. Of course I never store my homebrews in ice filled coolers.

Price isn't too bad in my opinion, I paid $25 for 160 labels which will last me about four batches with a label on every bottle.

As for designs I make my own in Photoshop then same it as a Tiff and print them out using the Avery template in word.

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Post by paintbomb » Mon Apr 09, 2007 4:49 pm

If you end up printing on regular paper and are looking for a quick and easy adhesion method, try using spray adhesive. It's about $3 at any arts and crafts store. You can just lay out several labels at a time and give em a quick spray and they're ready to go. It takes a lot less time than trying to paste em one by one. The glue can be a little strong, but a good soak should get em off.

I personally only label the bottles that are to be given away for presents. All the beer to be consumed at home gets a quick swab of acryllic paint on the caps. I use different colors for different styles and keep a sheet around as a sort of key. It takes about 5 miniutes to label a whole 5 gallon batch this way.

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Post by slothrob » Tue Apr 10, 2007 9:09 am

OnlineLabels.com has sheets that contain removable labels. I've left them on for a few weeks, and they hold tight, but peel right off. The Inkjet running issue can supposedly be fixed using a waterproofing spray designed for the purpose, but I haven't tried it yet.

Usually I just print the 1/2" or 3/4" dot labels, which fit onto the cap and can contain a short name, a date, and a %ABV in a readable sized font. They work well in a cooler because you can see the beer name from above, but I use reusable freezer blocks to avoid running the ink.
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Label Making Paper

Post by Eddie O. » Tue Jan 29, 2008 10:24 pm

I use label making paper (gummed paper). It is about $6 for 18- 8.5 x 11 sheets of paper. If you do not mind a little smaller than normal labels you can fit 8 per page. but for regular size labels you can put 6 per page. The great thing is you can do any shape or size you want, they are not pre-cut. Anyway that works for me. Oh yeah and they are really easy to get off, just soak for a couple of minutes. Hope this helps.

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Post by bfabre » Wed Jan 30, 2008 8:57 pm

I'm with slothrob
The dots are wonderful they state what the beer is along with any other viable information and you do not have to soak or resoak the bottles to remove the lables before the next use. The info comes off with the cap.

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Post by hansolo » Sat Mar 15, 2008 12:31 am

I am currently making labels on GIMP. you can download it free at http://www.gimp.org/. I print on shipping 2" by 3" shipping labels(i get the OfficeMax brand because they are cheaper than Avery). If you are keeping bottles in fridge, these work just fine. When you reuse the bottles, just soak them in hot water and they pretty much pull away.
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Waterproof map paper

Post by BritBrewer » Wed Aug 13, 2008 10:31 am

I use waterproof map paper when I print out trail maps and they seem to hold up well, so I thought it might be good to use for printing labels. I'm gonna brew my first beer next week and will try it out, so I'll let you know how if it works. It might be a little pricey, but I already have some paper at home so it's worth a shot! If not, I like the idea of the cap dots!

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