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Old 08-28-2008, 02:56 AM   #1
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Default what do you use to make labels?

I just built my home made beer gun and will be bottling some brew to take to a party on the weekend.

I'm wondering what software do people use to make the labels and what type of paper or label paper.

I was at Staples and could only find paper labels for office use.

I'm just wondering if I need special software to print labels and what others are using

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Old 08-28-2008, 03:00 AM   #2
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Ink Jet, Plain 'ol Paper and MILK!
I never get tired of answering this question....I just wish I could remember who to thank for answering it when I asked it.

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What do you mean milk or is that a joke

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Milk = great label glue.

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Milk = great label glue.
That's cool I guess that if the bottles get moist the ink will run all over
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That's cool I guess that if the bottles get moist the ink will run all over
It sounds like you already have the answer then! Get a gluestick if you're worried about running ink, but good ol' cow's milk is the best!
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I thought this was a joke. So I take it you dunk the label in a saucer of milk and slap it on a bottle and let it dry. Do they seem to stay on fairly well and is whole milk required?

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I use photoshop for the artwork, linen paper (any nicely textured paper will do) for the labels, a nice fancy laser printer (at my university) for the printing, a paper cutter, and 3M spray adhesive for the glue. Haven't tried milk yet, I'm a little reluctant to have sour milk smells

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Ink Jet, Plain 'ol Paper and MILK!
+1 on this method - originally. I used to used plain paper and an inkjet but then ran it through a copy machine so the ink wouldn't run. I too used milk applied with a babeque brush. The labels actually stick very solidly to the bottle.

I switched to a glue stick to avoid the mess from the milk. It was less messy, faster, and the labels float right off after a quick soak in hot water.

I now use Avery 5164 mailing labels. I can use color from the printer, I don't have to cut the individual labels from the master sheet and they're even quicker to apply. The downside is that they're also more difficult to remove but still not bad.
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It sounds like you already have the answer then! Get a gluestick if you're worried about running ink, but good ol' cow's milk is the best!
Actually I was wondering what paper people are using because with regular paper the ink will run from condensation from the bottle.
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