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Old 03-13-2013, 05:27 PM   #51
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Soak and peel in plain water - doesn't even need to be warm. In fact I can't really put them on ice because the labels usually fall off in the cooler. They leave a very thin texture on the bottle - don't know that I can call it "residue", though that's probably what it is... What I typically do is take a few paper towels, spray them with Windex, and just wipe each bottle down real quick - goes away completely then. (I don't label EVERY beer I make, so it's not like every bottle requires this kind of maintenance.)
Interesting. I've been a little "gun-shy" about trying the self-adhesive labels since I tried one from Staples that left sticky gum residue on the bottles that had to be scraped off with a razor blade.

I'm not a fan of the idea of Windex around my beer bottles, but maybe a hot PBW soak would accomplish the same thing. I might give these labels a try.
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:40 PM   #52
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I dunno what PBW is (keep seeing it, but dunno what it is.)

I don't spray the bottles, I just spritz a paper towel, and it's only 'cause I'm a stickler for bottles with water residue and such on them. I usually clean the bottles before applying labels to make sure they stick nicely, and to make them really look nice.

The bottles that make it home aren't sticky when I soak the labels off - you can only tell that they had a label if they're wet: the water beads up differently and sorta "sticks" to the bottle where the label was. I've been putting labels on bottles now for 3 years. I still have most of my original bottles and couldn't tell you which ones were labeled in the past. The ones that didn't come home were sold to my car club - they were considered collectors items.


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Old 03-14-2013, 08:04 PM   #53
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man that template is sweet. good job guys

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Old 04-08-2013, 10:55 PM   #54
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Hey brianmot,

How do you set those hash marks to lock the image to? I want to make some different sized labels. Specially ones for bombers and some for wine bottles

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Old 04-09-2013, 02:23 PM   #55
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Hulud,

Since photoshop isnt specifically set up for label making and is more of a photo editing software, it is bit more complicated than that. I just bottled some pinot noir and plan on making labels soon. Ill be sure to post the template when I do that.

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Old 04-10-2013, 02:59 AM   #56
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Since photoshop isnt specifically set up for label making and is more of a photo editing software, it is bit more complicated than that. I just bottled some pinot noir and plan on making labels soon. Ill be sure to post the template when I do that.
Yea that's what I was afraid of. As soon as you do it I would love to get the template from ya. I am making yoopers table wine with my wife and some Australian Chardonnay with my mother. And I'll see how the size looks for bombers
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Old 04-10-2013, 11:19 PM   #57
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Sweet work. Have you ever tried wax paper to see if it would leave the adhesive intact on the labels? That way you could spray an entire sheet add the "backing" and then just get a paper cuter to cut them out.

Hmm. Good tips though. I'm laying the ground work for a board game, you just gave me some ideas to go about some of the elements I need for it. My wallet thanks you.

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Old 08-19-2013, 09:48 PM   #58
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Just wanted to say thanks, thanks, and thank you! This is genius.

I got them printed at staples on glossy paper for around $6 or 7 and they even cut every single one out for me for $1 more. If you have them cut before you have to be careful when spraying the clear coat because they will blow around a bit but to me it was better than cutting them all out.

I noticed if they accidentally touch anything soon after you spray the clear coat the ink will run, so be careful. They were easy and quick to put on and even a bit fun. Held up in water nicely, heck the dishwasher didn't even take the labels all the way off so I would say they're pretty durable. Thanks again!!!

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Old 05-23-2014, 05:52 PM   #59
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Sorry for resurrecting an old thread, but does anyone have Brian's template file? The dropbox link doesn't work anymore and I'd love to have the template. PM me if you have a copy. Thanks!

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those labels are truly awesome. if i ever bottle again i will come back to this thread. good job!

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