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Old 01-27-2012, 12:14 AM   #1
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I tried labels one time and thought "What was I thinking" as I scraped them off in the sink so I could re-use the bottles.

I started writing the description & date on the cap. Call me lazy or just practical, I just don't see the point in labels for home brew.


 
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Old 01-27-2012, 12:19 AM   #2
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I hear you. I bought some labels but never used for fear of having to remove them!

 
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Old 01-27-2012, 12:20 AM   #3
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I'm just as lazy. That's a lot of work just to make your bottle look pretty.

 
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Old 01-27-2012, 12:22 AM   #4
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I print on 3/4" round stickers from my printer, and stick on the cap. Faster for me than writing on each cap, and readable. I stand the bottles in a cooler with ice in between and the caps above the ice level so it is easy for folks to choose their beer. They are also different colors, so I can just say "grab me one with the yellow sticker".

 
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Old 01-27-2012, 12:28 AM   #5
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I didn't bother with labels either until recently. I just marked each bottle with the batch number. That was fine for the first 10 batches or so but then I started to forget what each batch was, so I decided to start some simple labelling. My approach is cheap, easy and no problem removing labels. I made a template that prints 6 labels per sheet of regular computer paper. Just print and cut out and stick them on to the bottles with glue stick. Then to remove them you just soak in water and they fall off completely, easy! See my writeup here: http://beerandgarden.com/getting-all-fancy/
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Old 01-27-2012, 12:29 AM   #6
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I print on 3/4" round stickers from my printer, and stick on the cap. Faster for me than writing on each cap, and readable. I stand the bottles in a cooler with ice in between and the caps above the ice level so it is easy for folks to choose their beer. They are also different colors, so I can just say "grab me one with the yellow sticker".
That's what I do. They are round, go through the printer, and fit on the cap. Makes life grand!

 
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Old 01-27-2012, 12:35 AM   #7
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Disclaimer: I am not criticizing anyone for using sharpies or stickers. Whatever works for you! With that being said...

I may be in for a rude awakening, being a noob and all, but I'm of the opinion that I'm going to all of this effort to make great beer... I want it to look great, too.

To that end, I have an artist friend doing up custom graphics for my labels, and I've bought custom bottle caps from bottlemark.com. I got he notice today that my caps are shipping, and I'm stoked.

We'll see how I feel after having to peel labels later.
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Old 01-27-2012, 12:41 AM   #8
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I use a Sharpie on the cap- AA for American Ale. etc. Been doing it that way for years. If the labels fall off on their own, so much the better.

 
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Old 01-27-2012, 12:41 AM   #9
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That's why I use these
http://www.freshpreserving.com/image...ableLabels.jpg

Decidedly low- tech and disappear after a few seconds hot water rinse.

 
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Old 01-27-2012, 12:43 AM   #10
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Heh, I get my 7yo brewing assistant to write the beer initials on the cap w/ a sharpie. I print 1 label sheet and stick them on w/ milk for any bottles I give away.

 
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