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KittyLou 11-12-2006 06:51 PM

Using milk to stick on labels?
 
How do you use milk to stick on the labels? I am new to this forum and brewing
so I hope this question is not crazy. Can I print out labels on my laser printer on plain paper and then stick them on the bottles? Would the label start to smell like sour milk after a while? Thanks, Katie

alemonkey 11-12-2006 08:01 PM

I've done it - you just brush a very thin film of milk on the back of the label. I used a paper tower to just barely get it damp. It works fine, and it doesn't stink

debtman7 11-12-2006 08:17 PM

I just put some milk in a saucer and dunked the labels in it. Stick them to the bottle, then smooth it out with a towel to wipe off the excess and remove bubbles. Took me less than 10 minutes to do 50 bottles.

Wheat King 11-13-2006 04:59 AM

does milk have any advantage to glue sticks or the pre-glued label making paper? i have tried the label paper and found it inconvenient, as the labels soon unadhered themselves. hey-ooooh

EvilTOJ 11-13-2006 07:09 AM

I've never put labels on any bottles, but I would guess that the way it works is the milk solids adhere the label to the glass, but would loosen once it's wet again. If I'm wrong, well, it's because it's just a guess!

fiddup_is_a_middup 11-13-2006 03:51 PM

I used Office depot brand Bumper Stickers for my last labels. They worked really well, but are a little pricey

debtman7 11-13-2006 04:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wheat King
does milk have any advantage to glue sticks or the pre-glued label making paper? i have tried the label paper and found it inconvenient, as the labels soon unadhered themselves. hey-ooooh

Label paper either comes off too easily or too hard... Milk or glue sticks both rinse off easily with warm water. For me, the advantage of milk over glue sticks is that it's quicker and less mess. It takes a second to dunk a label in milk and slap it on, vs 5 seconds to trace around the edges with a glue stick (not to mention having to deal with glue getting on the surface below the label and making a general mess of things). If you could find some sort of water soluble spray adhesive, then that would really be ideal...

Milk labels are actually pretty impressive when I've used them. You couldn't peel them off if you wanted to, until you run them under hot water for 15 seconds, then they come off on their own. They deal with bottle sweat pretty well too, although if the bottle gets sweaty and sits for a long time you could probably peel them off (but they don't fall off on their own from sweat).

bummerkit 11-13-2006 06:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by debtman7
If you could find some sort of water soluble spray adhesive, then that would really be ideal...


someone should try using the new spray ky.

debtman7 11-13-2006 07:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bummerkit
someone should try using the new spray ky.

I have, but not on my labels :)

bobbyc 11-13-2006 08:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by debtman7
I have, but not on my labels :)

You sprayed some in your mouth, too???


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