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Old 01-30-2011, 07:13 PM   #1
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So I was just commenting on http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f46/firs...esigns-220884/ about his labels. He has one that has a barcode and it got me thinking, Can the general public create a barcode of their choosing? The answer is yes.

You can do so at http://www.barcodesinc.com/generator/index.php

What's cool about it is that you can actually scan it and it will read what you input. To clarify, I can take my Android X barcode scanner, or your iphone barcode scanner and scan a homemade barcode put onto my beer labels, revealing an actual barcode. So when you give out your homebrews to technologically savvy friends, make sure they scan it.

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Scan it: It should read "Rusty Red Ale" Use the advanced options to generate a barcode 200 pixels wide, 100 pixels H to keep it more inline with what a barcode typically looks like.

Here is the edited one, removing the text with photoshop: Scan it and it will still read it.

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So i did some playing around and there are some flaws (with either the barcode generator, or my scanner on my android). This site has more coding options. If it doesnt like HIBC Code 128, try code 93 Extended. There are more options. This site I feel is better. If it doesn't read a barcode, try putting a space before the first letter. I made my "Drunken Uncle Dunkel" barcode.

You can also resize on this site by changing both scale parameter from 2 to 1. Hope you like it. http://www.terryburton.co.uk/barcodewriter/generator/

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Look at generating QR codes instead of 1-D barcodes...you can store a lot more information (4296 characters!). I used this and put recipe info as well as brew date, bottle date and a URL to my beersmith recipe/brew sheet in it. there are QR reader programs for every smart phone.

Wikipedia info on QR Codes
HERE is a handy generator

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To me the idea of putting a barcode on a label of homebrew seems odd, but to others the idea of creating a label seems odd, so I'm not one to judge.

However, this spurs another idea. Put an android barcode or tag logo (smartphone app) on the labels that links to a website (if you own a domain and have hosting, or save the recipe to Brewmasters Warehouse) with the recipe and fermentation info.

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We do barcodes for inventory at work and yes, you can indeed put any information you want in them up to the size limit. We use them to encode make/model/item numbers/purchase dates and other information. Scan the barcode and you know everything you need about the item. As jpoder said, you can put even more info in with QR codes. We did barcodes because it had to be compatible with software we already were using for other things.

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We do barcodes for inventory at work and yes, you can indeed put any information you want in them up to the size limit. We use them to encode make/model/item numbers/purchase dates and other information. Scan the barcode and you know everything you need about the item. As jpoder said, you can put even more info in with QR codes. We did barcodes because it had to be compatible with software we already were using for other things.
QR codes don't seem to have enough capacity for a recipe though, unless maybe you broke it down into groups by grain, hops, and fermentation info
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Ok, so I did some playing around with CS5. I never knew about QR Codes. They are great because they hold more info, however. I created a simple QR Code reading:

Drunken Uncle Dunkel
Brewed: 12.27.10
Enjoy After: 2.14.10
OG: 1.059
FG: 1.018
ABV: 5.35%
Style: Dunkelweizen

I got QR Code, save it as a PNG to my desktop, opened it with Illustrator, saved it as a SVG (Scalable Vector) and made it small enough to fit on a label and my scanner would not read it. Therefore, QR codes are useless unless you want a 3" x 3" QR code on your label.

There is no real reason to put a barcode on the bottles, unless you are individually selling them through a commercial capacity. It's more for the homebrew user who loves his smartphone and can share it with his/her friends.

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QR codes don't seem to have enough capacity for a recipe though, unless maybe you broke it down into groups by grain, hops, and fermentation info
I could do a recipe in 4000 characters, easy.
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Ok, so I did some playing around with CS5. I never knew about QR Codes. They are great because they hold more info, however. I created a simple QR Code reading:

Drunken Uncle Dunkel
Brewed: 12.27.10
Enjoy After: 2.14.10
OG: 1.059
FG: 1.018
ABV: 5.35%
Style: Dunkelweizen

I got QR Code, save it as a PNG to my desktop, opened it with Illustrator, saved it as a SVG (Scalable Vector) and made it small enough to fit on a label and my scanner would not read it. Therefore, QR codes are useless unless you want a 3" x 3" QR code on your label.

There is no real reason to put a barcode on the bottles, unless you are individually selling them through a commercial capacity. It's more for the homebrew user who loves his smartphone and can share it with his/her friends.
I've found a few sites that let you download it as an EPS, worked on my iPhone when I scaled it up and down. However, I can't get it to recognize new lines, so:

OG: 1.057
FG: 1.011

turns into:

OG: 1.057FG: 1.011

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I could do a recipe in 4000 characters, easy.
All of the sites I've found limit QR code to 250 characters.
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Here's one site that lets you create your own QR code http://qrcode.kaywa.com/ It limits you to 250 Char. but there are probably other out there without that limit.

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