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Old 01-18-2008, 02:49 AM   #11
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I have to say I just tried the milk and I am amazed. This is super cool.

 
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Old 01-28-2008, 12:11 AM   #12
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I'm brand new to homebrew and am already looking ahead to labels so I find this thread and forum great but how do make them? More specifically is there a program that you use or can download like people use for cd copying? I have no idea.... Thanks for the help.
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Old 01-28-2008, 12:15 AM   #13
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I use the Avery labels along with Microsoft Publisher, if you have it. They have label templates especially for bottles and jars that fit perfectly on beer bottles. It also makes it easy to make a cool, colorful label without a lot of effort.

 
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Old 01-28-2008, 12:48 AM   #14
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I use Avery labels also, but do my layout and design in Photoshop. Once the labels are printed, I take them down into the basement and spray them with a light coat of matte finish spray shellac. I usually go for about three very light coats of the shellac, and they look fantastic. They are also VERY water proof, at least from the front side. If left in an ice bath for too long, the water starts to seep down behind the labels, through the adhesive, and they start bleeding UNDER the shellac. You still don't get anything on your hands, but the labels will quite literally slide right off the bottles.
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Old 01-28-2008, 04:23 AM   #15
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Thanks, I'll have to look into those programs when the time comes. Sounds cool. Lookin forward to making my own

 
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Old 02-01-2008, 04:45 PM   #16
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I'm a newbie brewer too. On good tip I got from this site after my first brew had to do with printing your labels on your printer. If you have an inkjet printer like I do, your labels will bleed if they get any water on them. The solution....print a page of labels on your inkjet, then use a color photocopier to make all your copies. The copies won't bleed. Haven't tried the Avery Labels yet.

 
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Old 02-04-2008, 02:22 AM   #17
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Milk will work as the protein in it will work as a glue. If you want a more serious but cheap water soluble glue use Gelatin. Plain unflavored Knox gelatin.

One of my other hobbies is making traditional longbows and one of the glues I have used is Gelatin. A test was done using two pieces and maple and gelatin, and the maple broke before the glue joint did. Better than 2-ton epoxy.

Also you can use cottage cheese as a glue (No I have never done it )
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Old 02-04-2008, 02:36 AM   #18
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I get assorted color parchment paper in the craft section at Wally World. I stick 'em on the bottle with Duck glue sticks (what else would Fat Duc Brewing use?), which is water soluble and releases the labels after just a few seconds in a sink full of warm water.

 
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Old 02-12-2008, 01:38 AM   #19
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If you have access to a laser printer, use it for you labels and they won't run when they get wet! Color lasers do exist, but they are a little harder to find.

 
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Old 02-12-2008, 02:01 PM   #20
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Just wanted to check in to cast a vote for the milk-as-glue label method. As mentioned, these do come off in an icy cooler, but as one who usually takes 'em straight from the fridge, you just can't beat this. It's free, it's a very strong bond, and the labels rinse right off in warm water. I've tried everything and I don't even consider any other method these days.

 
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