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Tom (4.46.11.45)
Posted on Tuesday, November 25, 2003 - 08:43 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

After reading the thread on brewery names it got me thinking. How to put your ideas onto bottles.

Does anyone know of any bottling label kits?

Is there some software out there to use your own computer to print labels?

how do you do it?
 

John From NH (64.222.172.167)
Posted on Tuesday, November 25, 2003 - 01:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have seen some kits out there, maybe someone else can give you some links as I don't know of any off the top of my head...
I like to use photoshop (if you don't have access to it then paintshop pro is good too) to design the labels and then I use the self-sticking large mailing labels that you can get at any office supply store. This works great for regular size labels, but some trimming is necessary if I want oval, or some other shape.
Hope this helps,
John
 

Paul Hayslett (64.252.34.35)
Posted on Tuesday, November 25, 2003 - 02:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I use standard Avery labels (#8164) and the free software you can download off their website. Not nearly as powerful as Photoshop, but it gets the job done.
 

Mike A. (128.173.139.227)
Posted on Tuesday, November 25, 2003 - 03:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I use Paint Shop Pro to design my labels. You can download it for a free trial here. I create an image sized to 4.00 x 3.50 Inches (384 x 336 Pixels) then copy and paste 6 of them in a Word document. Six of them fit perfectly on a single page. I print them through a color laser printer on regular white paper. I use water soluble glue like Elmers to affix the labels to the bottle for easy removal. I have one label up on my site right now with more to come soon.

Mike A.
http://thirsty.at/andersonbrewery
 

Mike Kessenich (165.189.92.23)
Posted on Tuesday, November 25, 2003 - 05:26 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Has anyone found labels that stick fairly well, but peel off without soaking? Some time ago I got some avery type labels by another manufacturer that would stick, but fall off under a hot water rinse.
 

Mickey Monaghan (67.161.120.104)
Posted on Tuesday, November 25, 2003 - 06:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Mike,

I found some "Label Making Paper" at my local brewery shop. The paper is gummed on the back and you get it just a little wet to stick it on the bottles. The labels remove without too much hassle. The paper is made by ABS, inc.

Mickey
 

FrugalBrewer (209.98.83.170)
Posted on Tuesday, November 25, 2003 - 06:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I found that Avery makes a line of labels called Peel and Remove, they stick but remove easily. I use the ones sized for a 3.5" diskette for my homebrews. Get them at any office supply place.
 

Dave Aronoff (141.214.71.70)
Posted on Wednesday, November 26, 2003 - 02:29 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

God bless all of you label makers. I spend so much time removing "factory" labels that to me the most beautiful beer bottle label is the one floating in my ammonia solution. If I ever get into labeling my own (other than a pen mark on the cap) I will try those easy peelin' Avery ones.

Dave
 

Anthony Armbruster (24.3.188.243)
Posted on Wednesday, November 26, 2003 - 02:55 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I just started using avery 3/4" circle labels. I label the caps. It's just big enough to fit the name of the beer, date bottled, and percent alcohol. I had to make my own template which took a little while to figure out, but now it only takes a minute to print off a whole batches worth. I was considering using regular labels, but I dreaded the thought of removing them later, plus it saves on ink. It's so quick and easy that I am going to definatly label all of my beers from now on.

I am just about to print my third batch of labels.
 

Jeremy S (64.12.96.42)
Posted on Wednesday, November 26, 2003 - 06:28 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I use the blue masking tape and a permenent marker, not the most eye catching, but it does what I need it to do. Anyone know how to remove the lable on a Rogue bottle? :)
 

PalerThanAle (24.223.211.140)
Posted on Wednesday, November 26, 2003 - 06:53 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I use normal copy paper and milk.

PTA
 

Travis Adams (12.224.171.220)
Posted on Wednesday, November 26, 2003 - 07:09 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Jeremy - I was thinking the same thing just last night - if John Maier is such a Homebrewer at heart, you would think the guy would at least make his labels less bullet proof - esp. in Oregon where we recycle!
Travis
 

Belly Buster Bob (131.137.245.200)
Posted on Wednesday, November 26, 2003 - 02:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

paper and milk works excellent comes off easy too
 

Jeremy S (152.163.252.67)
Posted on Thursday, November 27, 2003 - 07:04 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

You could try mixing starch and water in a 40/60 or 35/65 and spread it out on plain paper, put it on the bottle and use SWMBO steam iron to "bake" it on. This is how corrugated fiber board (cardboard) is made...but it might not work with glass.

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