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Old 01-09-2013, 09:24 PM   #1
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Default How do you label your bottles?

I just finished soaking and scraping the labels off of 240 beer bottles which lead me to think about the way that I will organize and label my bottles.

I understand that some print labels on shipping stickers while others print out their labels and glue them to the bottle with milk or some sort of glue.

The question is: If my wife and I plan to be the sole consumers of my homebrew, should I even bother labeling them with a fancy label? I was contemplation placing a simple sticker on the cap such as the one pictured below on the brew that I plan to drink while creating fancy labels for those that I plan to give away.

What system do you use to keep track of your beer? Marking the cap seems to be the easiest way to avoid additional bottle cleaning. BTW, I plan to keep 5-6 different batches in circulation... if that helps.

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Old 01-09-2013, 09:27 PM   #2
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Dots are a good idea. I just use a sharpie on the cap and a 2-3 letter designation plus a number indicating the recipe version.

For wine I have a label with some designs I drew and cleaned up in photoshop...9 on a page, through a paper cutter, and glue-sticked onto bottles. Not everything in a 750 gets the treatment, but stuff I'm cellaring for a few years, 1) there's a lot of bottles down there and 2) it makes a nice presentation. Plus, glue stick on copy paper is durable but soaks off very easily. Really it's as much a fun craft project as anything. I enjoy doing it, but wouldn't label a batch of beer unless it was something very special for gifts...in bombers or 1 liter flip tops.

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I take a magic marker and before I sanitize the caps I mark them with a two letter code like MD For Moose Drool and 3c for Cream of three crops. I also keep a log of all the beer I brew and write the code in the book as well

One thing that really helped me was to put the date on a piece of paper in the case of beer when I bottle it. Having 5 or 6 batches in bottles makes it kind of hard to remember what is ready to drink

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Oh heck I just looked at your user name and weirdly was listening to Joe Walsh and that song

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Personally, I create labels for all my beers and stick them on with milk. I also enjoy making them and putting them on, but I realize it's not for everyone. Sticker dots and/or Sharpies is an easy way to do it that I've seen often though. Apparently my friend who brews doesn't even delabel! He just washes them out and Sharpies the caps.

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Your "dots" will probably work great. I have found labels to be very valuable for the "give-away" bottlres. It helps avoid all those "what kind is it?" questions.

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I take a magic marker and before I sanitize the caps I mark them with a two letter code like MD For Moose Drool and 3c for Cream of three crops. I also keep a log of all the beer I brew and write the code in the book as well

One thing that really helped me was to put the date on a piece of paper in the case of beer when I bottle it. Having 5 or 6 batches in bottles makes it kind of hard to remember what is ready to drink
Sounds like solid advice. A beer log sounds like a great idea. This would also be a good place to comment on how each batch turned out. It will be my man diary
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Personally, I create labels for all my beers and stick them on with milk. I also enjoy making them and putting them on, but I realize it's not for everyone. Sticker dots and/or Sharpies is an easy way to do it that I've seen often though. Apparently my friend who brews doesn't even delabel! He just washes them out and Sharpies the caps.
I also look forward to creating labels and labeling. I just don't want to spend the money/ effort on the labeling process only to turn around and have to soak the labels off once again.

Perhaps I will label the first 12 for giveaways and simply mark the caps of all others in the batch. Okay, maybe just 6....
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Oh heck I just looked at your user name and weirdly was listening to Joe Walsh and that song
Great song. Most likely describes the majority of folks on this forum including myself.
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I just sharpie a letter or code on the caps after they are bottled also. So far so good although 4's can look like H etc so some thought before you go hog wild on 50 bottles.

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