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Thursday, 25 March 2010

Home Brew Bottle Labels

When I brew a beer, I pluck a random shape or symbol from the air and scrawl it on the brew plan. That symbol then acts as an identifier for the beer. When it comes to bottling, I label each bottle with a small sticker that bares the same symbol. Previous examples include a black spot, a pink spot, dashed lines and a triangle. It's a low-tech solution to a problem that any home brewer will face.

With the aim of brewing a bit more regularly, I think it's about time I improved upon this. Above is a label I knocked up as an example. It's loosely based on the black IPA I brewed (which was identified by an asterisk), but only for the purposes of designing a label - it isn't the actual label! All future brews will be labelled in the above style, the information changing as necessary but the layout and design remaining the same. The box in the top left will give a nod to the old symbol labelling, whilst the extra information will make it easier when sharing the beer with other people, and keeping track of alcohol content and bottling date.

It's quite plain and simple; but I kind of like that. It'll make it easier to print and to re-design when I bottle a new beer. Below is an example on a bottle. What do you think?


rabidbarfly said...

My better half suggested you should use the symbols as a possible name for your brewery ie : black spot brewery(or something like that).
Tried the bitter last night, went down incredibly well, will send you an email with some tasting notes. Speak to you soon.

Mark Dredge said...

I like it mate, looking good. I like that you use ingredients on the label too, that's good.

How is the beer tasting? Is the low ABV IPA ready?

Mark said...

RBF: Interesting idea. I was thinking that beer could be called "Black Spot Bitter".

Glad you enjoyed it, looking forward to your full thoughts. I wish I could say the black IPA is as good, but I don't think it is. :P

Mark: Dry hopped it last night. Im uber critical of the beer I make, but I think it could do with more body, more sweetness and more hops. Body and sweetness is an obvious problem with low abv, hops is probably because you can never have too many hops!

Will probably bottle it over the weekend, so I might have a bottle for you on Saturday. All depends on the dry hopping and how long it takes.

Leigh said...

Looks good - never been bothered to try making labels myself, despite being such a label/badge whore....!!

Mark said...

Took a bit of effort, but the template is the now so I can easily adapt it for each future brew. :)

platypotamus said...

looking good. I like the simplicity.

what are you doing as far as keeping the print from running w/ moisture? fixative spray?

Mark said...

Thanks for the positive feedback!

I'm not using anything to seal over the top of the labels. To be honest, it would be a solution to a problem that I don't really have. Labelled bottles only got to friends, other home brewers and family, so if the ink runs it isn't really the end of the world.

You have a good (quick and easy) solution for preventing the ink running at all - I might be tempted to just do it if it doesn't take much time or effort.

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Unknown said...

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daren sammy said...

before you pick out your labels, recall the type of printer you're the use of. as a rule of thumb, Laser printers and toner primarily based photocopiers are suitable for printing on labels of all sorts. but an Inkjet printer isn't always appropriate for printing on labels with a gloss floor, eg. waterproof labels, metal labels, or Fluorescent labels. Etikettendruck

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