Mar 022012

Beer labels

I don’t usually bother putting labels on my beer bottles and just mark the cap so I know what’s in the various bottles in my brew cupboard. This christmas I decided to make some bottles of homebrew for family and friends. I also decided to sort out some professional looking labels but how? In true wizard style i decided to see what was available online for free and what I could make. There are various sites and programs available so here is a quick review of the ones I had a dabble with.

This is a great free program. You can pick the shape and design of your label and there are numerous variants. This includes designs,colours, borders and shapes. You can add the name of your brew and other details and pick the fonts.You can also upload an image or photo. I also put details on the rear label and it turned out very professional. 






This is another good free program. You can pick various designs and colours for preset labels. A nice touch on this site is that you can upload an image or photo that can be incorporated into the label.





This again is a free site that allows you to make a label and download it onto your PC then print it off. There are a few preset labels that you can change the details on. This is a very simple but effective site to make your own labels.

These are just a few sites to try and I am sure you will find a design you are happy. All these sites are free and the final label can be downloaded onto your PC. You can then print off the label and stick it onto each bottle. As I said before these labels were used on gifts to friends and family and not something i would put on every bottle every time.

Oct 092011

Brewfirm Kriek

This kit is a belgium cherry beer.I bought this kit purely on impulse. I have never tried the bottled version of this beer but have heard off several people that it is not to be missed. This kit is expensive as it is £25 and makes 12 litres at 5.5% abv and also requires 500 grms of dextrose at £2.10 for a kilogram. This works out at a whopping £1.23 a pint. The reason for the high price is because the kit is made using 3kgs of cherries according to brewferm. The kit come with the usual packet of yeast and destructions.


This kit is very easy to make. with the only exception being that following the instructions you have to rehydrate the yeast. The can is heated up in some hot water and left for 10 mins, and then emptied into the sterilised fermenter. The can is then rinsed out with hot water and this is also added to the fermenter. Then add another 2 litres of hot boiled water to the fermenter and the 500grms of dextrose, mix thoroughly. The smell of cherries at this point is amazing! The fermenter is then topped up with cold/hot water to the 12 litre mark and a temperature of 20°c. To rehydrate the yeast let half a glass of boiled water cool to 25°c and add the yeast. Let this mixture sit for 10 mins then add to the fermenter, put on the lid and air lock and leave to ferment.

Once the fermentation is complete (around 10 days) batch prime with 100grms of dextrose and bottle.

Taste and conclusion.

The beer should be left for 6-8 weeks in the bottle before it is tasted. The beer when made is a red tinged copper colour and has a fruity aroma. The carbonation is good with a decent head. The taste is very nice with a sweet cherry taste which an acidic bitter after taste. This beer is strong, after one pint it started to take affect, after two I did feel a little merry. This kit is expensive, but compared to buying an off the shelf beer it is still cheap. To be honest its not really to my taste but other people who have tried it really like and enjoy it. Conclusion- expensive but a fruity gem of a beer.


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