Putting a hand-crafted label on a bottle of homebrewed beer is a great feeling. Sometimes, simply creating that label takes as much time as brewing the beer that goes in it! So what happens when you are done with that bottle – where does the label go? With GrogTags, that question is already answered: peel it off!
Many homebrewers like to label their beers for one reason or another – whether to make them more easily identifiable during aging, to give as gifts, or to flex their creative muscle. To do that, you need some blank labels to print on, if you are printing from home. At GrogTag, we don’t sell simply blank beer labels – we let you create your own!
The Perfect Gift – Homebrew with Personalized Labels
Are you tired of racking your brain each holiday, trying to find that perfect gift for your friends and family? Have you been told – in no uncertain terms – that another tie will just not do this year? Well, you brew your own beer, so why not dress up your homebrew with some personalized beer labels and hand some of your kitchen creations out as gifts? Seriously, with the unique templates found on www.GrogTag.com, creating your own cus
As home brewers, we all want our beer to not only taste great, but look great as well. This can be harder than you might think, since typically your only option for making labels is to use those white paper labels that are bland and hard to remove. Plus, you have to print them at home and, depending on how good your printer is, they always seem to look like home-made beer labels, and not the fancy ones you see at the store.
A couple tips that have made my homebrewing just a bit better and are very simple. Struggling to find the best way to get labels off of bottles I’ve tried chemicals, boiling the bottles and knife peeling, all of which are inconvenient and ineffective. Turns out, just a sink full of hot water with cheap baking soda was the ticket. Some labels will still require being partially stripped and then soaked again, but overall it’s made the process far more expedient and friendly. Then there’s the even simpler tip that I learned while helping the bartender at the restaurant
This past summer @bhsalzer and @akalsey and I (@dkworldwide) were brewing a double batch. We got a few growlers for a change and they were a huge hit. We liked the idea of going to a party with a larger single bottle, like bringing a bottle of wine. The addition of the GrogTag Labels had people asking, “Where did you buy this?” Of course we told them, “We made it.” They were blown away.
One tip – like a bottle of wine, let the beer get some air before serving. The science is slightly different for the growler apparently. We’ll just have to make more and keep experimenting.
If you’re a perfectionist, placing your new labels on your bottles can be an exercise in frustration: you paid for those beautiful labels and neckers, but just can’t get the things on straight. Here’s a method I’ve developed that makes it easy.
Nearly every bottle I’ve handled has somewhere on it a very fine vertical seam, probably left over from the bottle mould. This makes a pretty good guide for perfectly aligning your label.
I think one of the most valuable tricks I was taught was that items do not need to be immersed in StarSan to be sanitized, but only coated. So, I put about 1/4tsp of StarSan in 24oz of distilled water in a garden sprayer and I’m good for quite a while conveniently sanitizing items as needed from a garden sprayer. Saves a TON of money on sanitizer.
One thing that can add up is shipping costs. To save money, I keep a running list of items that I plan to purchase. These are items that I have decided to buy but are not pressing needs. That way, when something comes up at I really do need to order, let’s say ingredients for my next batch, I have a list of items to pull from to qualify for free shipping or take maximum advantage of flat rate shipping offers.
Another great way to save money is to follow along at www.homebrewfinds.com!