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Discussion in 'Creative Pursuits' started by Donny70, Aug 9, 2014.

  1. Donny70

    Donny70 Chimp

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    I do a lot of small batch homebrews and I do labels for each one.
    I think I have too much time on my hands

    This is my latest one :):)

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  2. DaveW

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    Nice artworking Donny.
    Nice and clean but with some beautiful subtle detailing.

    I have to admit to being a bit lazy when it comes to labeling the beers I do at home and at best just mark the caps with the batch number..... That or just keg it.
     
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  3. Donny70

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    Kegging is probably the best way to go. That way I'd never have to match the taste of my beer to the labels :)
    This is the brew I did previously. A bit of an experiment brewed with 2 yeasts and some juniper. The wife hates the dryness of rye but she seems to like this for some unknown reason.

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  4. binary visions

    binary visions The voice of reason

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    Nice labels! What's the actual labeling process?

    I've been printing on heavy-ish stock plain paper and then using milk to adhere the paper to the bottles. It's been working really well even if it takes a little while to cut them up and adhere them.
     
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  5. Donny70

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    I have this thing called a Xyron 900 that I use for work. Roll the sheets through and it puts semi perm adhesive on.
     
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    binary visions The voice of reason

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    Ah... so how do you remove the labels after? Is the adhesive similar to what they use on regular beer bottle labels?

    One of the nice things about the milk is it's a really good adhesive, but when you soak the bottles in warm water you can scrape the labels off with no residue left behind.
     
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    I never was able to get the milk trick to work for me?
    As soon as the bottles went into the fridge they would start falling off.
     
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    binary visions The voice of reason

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    Must be at least 2% milk and I didn't have much luck with brushing it on - I don't think you get enough that way.

    My process is:
    - Milk goes in a small saucer
    - Basically lay the label down on top of the milk - I grab one edge and lay the far half down, then pick up the dunked edge and do the other half
    - Apply the label to the bottle
    - Use a small squeegee or similar rubber/plastic item to squeeze all the excess milk from behind the label
    - Wipe with a paper towel and let them sit overnight

    It probably takes around 30 minutes to label an entire batch of bottles and since I started using higher milk fat, NOTHING removes the labels accidentally, even if they get wet. If I let them soak overnight in warm water, though, especially if I add a little baking soda, the labels are floating on the top of the water with no residue on the bottles.
     
  9. jonKranked

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    back when i bottled my way of labeling was to use a sharpie and write one letter on the crown for what style the beer was.
     
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    Using milk to label? Weird but I'll have to try it :D
     
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    Yeah... that is a new one to me. I'll have to give it a try.