Brewing your own homemade beer is only half of the job. Creating the right label to accent your bottled brew can be as rewarding as the brewing process itself. Adding a custom-made label gives you the opportunity to add a personal touch to your beer, including personal logos, information about the beer, or even a picture of yourself. Your label is the "face" of your beer, and provides an insight into the personality of you, the brewmaster.
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Things you need
- Printer (not inkjet)
- Waterproof paper
Select the software package that you will use. Adobe makes a few programs that can be used, including Photoshop and PageMaker. Microsoft makes a package called Microsoft Publisher. Install the software you want to use, if you don't already have it on your computer. Adobe offers trial versions of some of its software that you can install at no charge. Trial versions can only be used for a specified amount of time, but if you like the program, you can purchase it if desired.
Check your printer to see what kind of paper it will print on. Waterproof paper is ideal for beer labels as it will not peel off or run when placed in the fridge or a cooler full of ice. Foil is another excellent option for a label that will stand out and has significant resilience, but it may not be compatible with your printer. Self-adhesive paper is a good choice, but if you can't find any, you will need glue to affix the label to your bottles.
Avoid inkjet printers. The ink is water-soluble and will not stand up to condensation or ice chests. If an inkjet printer is the all you have access to, continue through the design process for your label. Take your finished label design to a copy store that can print your labels using regular colour toner. This is a little more expensive than printing them yourself at home, but much less expensive than purchasing a new printer just for the job.
Design your label. Use other beer labels as examples for the kinds of things that you want to include. Create a logo for your beer label and consider including a picture of yourself. Include the name of your beer, date of brewing, your name and your address. Remember, this is your beer and your label, so feel free to add as many personal touches as you like.
Affix your labels to the beer bottles. Ensure that they are straight and centred when you put them on. Slide the labels on firmly to avoid air bubbles.
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