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Custom Labels

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by Mbarry7, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. I am looking to finally make custom labels and could use some expertise. What is a good template size for 12oz and 22oz bottles. Also, what type of paper does everyone use for proper stickyness and waterproofing. Thanks ahead.
  2. Xul

    Xul Advocate (600) California May 18, 2008

    I use 4" wide by 3" high for both 12oz and 22oz bottles...you could go a bit bigger for 22oz bottles, but I split all of my batches between both bottle sizes and don't want to design two labels for each batch.

    As far as paper, I print on normal printer/copier paper using a black and white laser printer, then attach them to bottles with glue sticks. A lot of people seem to have success using milk as an adhesive, but glue sticks seem easier to me.
  3. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Champion (800) Colorado Jan 20, 2012 Beer Trader

  4. jncastillo87

    jncastillo87 Savant (250) Texas Jan 27, 2013

    I was just doing a search on this subject for my latest batch of beers .. I designed a label but wasnt sure what paper people are using that may be moisture resistant... Ill follow the above link and check it out .. here is my latest design I came up with... The wife has two wiener dogs ..

    dsal89 and oldp0rt like this.
  5. kjyost

    kjyost Champion (785) Manitoba (Canada) May 4, 2008 Verified

    I use(d) regular paper and milk (or a glue stick) to attach it. Just don't expect it not to fall off in water (an improvement I dare say...)
  6. ucfchris

    ucfchris Initiate (15) Feb 20, 2013

    Have you tried using Consolidated Label Company? They print custom labels for just about every product and the people that work there can help steer you in the right direction. I've used them for over a year now and love our custom labels. We are a candle store and use them exclusively to print the labels for our candle products.

    www.consolidatedlabel.com Give them a try and see if they can help you. Good luck
  7. LopeJuice

    LopeJuice Savant (375) New York Aug 23, 2012

    how is the quality with these guys? Have any pictures of labels they've made by any chance? I am definitely in the market for a new label company. I've used grogtag a few times but the quality is just really not there, looks like they print on an inkjet or laser instead of some type of offset printer. For what they charge I could just make the same thing at home...
  8. ucfchris

    ucfchris Initiate (15) Feb 20, 2013

    I think their quality is one of the best I've come across. Like you, I went through about 3-4 label companies before sticking with Consolidated. Been using them for over a year now. I don't have images of my own as I'm a smaller operation but on their website, they have a gallery of samples that you can look at.
    Also you can always request samples from them. They sent me some samples before I made my first purchase so I can check their quality.

    Hope this helps. Good luck!
  9. elkhunter36

    elkhunter36 Savant (255) Wisconsin Feb 29, 2012 Beer Trader

  10. joshodonn

    joshodonn Savant (345) Florida Jan 21, 2011

    If you happen to have a few extra bills to spend you may want to consider one of these: http://www.silhouetteamerica.com/?page=shop&cat=1

    I bought one for my wife for Mother's Day last year and have found it to be a perfect machine for making custom labels. I buy full 8x11.5" sheets of glossy water-resistant ink-jet paper that I can print my own labels on and use the Silhouette to cut them out... I can cut whatever size I want, and also am able to print and cut the little neck labels as well... I'm on the road for work this week so I can't post any examples, but if I remember to this weekend I will show what I've done...

    I've also experimented with some bottle-etching using this thing as well...