Commercial breweries use two main types of labels: Glue labels, and Sticker-type labels.
Glue labels are easy to remove by soaking in percarbonate based cleansers (OxyClean, Easy Clean, B-Brite, One Step, PBW, and others). You can also use water plus Ammonia, or just plain hot water. Some scraping may be required for complete removal. Glue labels are most ...
Getting the Labels Off
I'm only adding a little bit here. I only use OxyClean, like many others, but what I do is put the bottles standing up in a cooler, then fill them with hot tap water. Dump a bit of oxyclean in the cooler, and fill it with hot water.
It holds the temp for quite a long while, after a couple of hours the labels are floating off, or they ...
I print on Avery 5408 labels, which fit on bottle caps nicely.
I do label design in Photoshop Elements 2.0 (which is the "lite" Photoshop from like 2002, but later versions probably work also).
To make circular text that goes around the perimeter of the label in Photoshop Elements:
make a square blank canvas, about 1000x1000;
put a line of text -- I ...
Stainless Steel Scrubbers
These make quick work of a labels and adhesives.
Soaking the bottles does make it a lot easier, but these scrubbers work even without soaking.
Warm water with a little detergent (oxyclean) or even Dish soap if your doing a beer clean wash later.
Painted labels. Soak in starsan then use scrubber.
What makes these work so well, ...
Good thread, I'll give my two cents. +++++ 1 for BeerClings. Easy, affordable, and most important reusable. I got tired of trying to do them myself and found these to work the best of all the ones I tried online. They will definitely last the longest. I think they have the best design studio as well, tons of clip art and templates to work with.
I use Avery mailing labels. I have a background in graphic design so I like to make a professional looking label. I do the design in photoshop and print them out 10 to a sheet. They come off easy after soaking in warm soapy water for 30 seconds.
I know lots of people use masking tape and such. To me nothing says "drink at your own risk" like a masking ...
My process involves soaking the bottles in a bucket of Napisan or similar for a day or so, then using a butter knife, whittle off the soggy labels.
For any remaining glue, grab a Magic Eraser and give them a scrub. The micro abrasion of the Magic Eraser works a treat.
This method allows me to de-label up to 100 bottles in under an hour.
I can suggest a small Zebra printer.
There are many models that can print on removable labels of 1" up to 4" wide. It usually comes with a software that allows you to design a label and print as many as you want (a roll will contain about 800 labels). The price would vary depending on the model (for about 200$ to 400$ you should get a good printer).
For fancy reusable labels you could try Grogtags.
With those you design it on their website then they print and ship to you.
Not a label maker, but its the only thing I could think of that's like what you described.
Most at home labelers are paper based.
Try a dishwashing detergent called Lemshine and some powder bleach.... Takes 24 hrs. But the labels will wipe off with an old rag.....1/2 cup Lemshine vs. 1/4 powder bleach
Put 2 bottles in a 5 gal. Bucket. Add chemicals and fill both bottle and bucket with hot water..... Take outside!!!!!
Next day wipe labels enhance with Goo Gone
Vinegar takes the paint right off most bottles i deal with (Rogue, Stone, Coronado, etc). Just a 30 minute soak in 50% vinegar and water solution, then rub down with the rough side of a sponge/scouring pad.
I'm going with two different alternatives, it really depends on how much time I want to spend on it.
1: design label and then print it on normal A4, cut out and then apply with glue stick. It takes a lot of time to attach, but the label and glue is really easy to remove.
2: Different coloured caps for different batches, and then I keep track on what color ...
If you want an easy and inexpensive way to put the label on your bottle try milk. Make sure the bottles are dry, paint the back of the paper with milk, and press it on. It resists sweating, adheres well, and comes off completely after a few seconds soak in hot soapy water.
I create a label in PaintShopPro (even Microsoft Paint would do).
The information that I usually put on the label: Beer name, type, bottling date and %alcohol, I also add a few lines/images to make it prettier.
Then I print on regular paper (6 labels per sheet). After cutting my label to size, I use a paper glue stick to attach my label to a bottle. ...
Mineral Terpentine ("terps") is magic for those labels with really tough adhesive. Peel / scrape the label off as best you can. Then just a small amount on a rag works wonders. Rub on gently, then after a couple of seconds as the solvent action kicks in rub a bit harder. Then wash off well in soapy water.
I had several Epic empties. Some of their labels use ...
Have you ever tried a heat gun? The heat softens the glue and it does get hotter than a blow dryer. They use them to remove labels in some factories. Just be careful not to singe and use something besides your hands to peel it off (maybe a putty knife)