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Old 08-02-2006, 06:00 PM   #1
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Default Bottle Cap Labling

I learned about this trick from a fellow home brewer. I wasn't too keen on labling my bottles unless for a special occaison as it would simply add another step to my least favourite part of brewing: cleaning and sanitizing the bottles. However, if you get a good collection of homebrews going, you need a way to tell them apart. My friend's method is to use a spreadsheet program (like excel) to print out small square lables on sticker paper which he can cut himself and stick on the bottle caps. These can contain all the important information: name of beer, alcohol content, bottle date, and just about any other information you could want on there. This is also a plus if you are serving from a cooler, so people can see the selection without having to disturb the sediment. No real question here, just sharing an alternative to labling all your bottles.

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Old 08-02-2006, 07:42 PM   #2
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You're right. That is a great idea...I've been doing it for over 10 years!


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Old 08-02-2006, 09:04 PM   #3
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Avery labels are great because they have software to set-up your printing. So, as long as they have a set-up for the particular sticky you are using, the sky isa the limit.
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Old 08-02-2006, 09:14 PM   #4
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I employ a minimalist version of this technique: I print avery labels with the batch number. That's all I need--if I have a party or give beers away, I make a "key" which explains what each number is.
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Old 08-02-2006, 09:16 PM   #5
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I just use a sharpy to put initials on the bottle cap:

O = oatmeal
LM = Lazy Monk
V = vanilla
White wild onion brewery bottle caps from the cheap bin = 80 shilling ale
W = Wit
H = Hefe
Etc, etc.

Then, for fun, I leave a couple unmarked. In a few months time, you got yourself a nice Mystery Brew collection.
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Old 08-02-2006, 09:27 PM   #6
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I employ a minimalist version of this technique: I print avery labels with the batch number. That's all I need--if I have a party or give beers away, I make a "key" which explains what each number is.
I do the same. I stopped all the other info as a way of saving ink. Now it's a number and style, like "6015 HW".
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Old 08-02-2006, 10:40 PM   #7
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Like Cheese, I employ the sharpie method. Works fine and only takes a second.
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I too, use the sharpie and initials method..
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I still like my "different colored cap" solution. No writing involved. I'm illiterate anyways.
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I'm starting to lean towards the bottle-cap method. Hopefully, there would be room for the logo, a quick appreviation, and maybe a date on there. I like the idea of designing labels, but cringe not only at the thought of applying all those labels, but of taking them off before re-using the bottles.


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