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More Amazing Labels - the Oktoberfest

Posted by homebrewdad on 2/12/2014 at 04:43:50 PM

Obviously, good beer is the entire point of this hobby. Why brew if you aren't trying to make the best beer that you possibly can? With that being said, however, I feel that presentation really puts the icing on the cake.

Every batch of beer that I bottle is capped with custom caps from - I feel like they really help "brand" my bottles. I then use labels from, and print custom labels on them with a color laser printer. The result is fantasic.

Of course, the labels wouldn't be a fraction as cool if the art wasn't so good. Sadly, I have about as much artistic talent as my bottling wand does, but luckily for me, I have a great pro artist friend in Lori Krell. She took my idea (as she has done before) and really brought it to life in the label for my Oktoberfest. Check out pics of her amazing work below!

Lori is absolutely available for commission; check out her art spot at deviantart.

Incidentally, the full information for the bottles below (if you can't read the small text due to my fuzzy iPhone pics) is: (neck label) CDB, bottled 1/19/2014, 6.97% ABV. (main label) FrostFire, a winterfest lager in the Marzen style, Confederate Dragon Brewing Co.

A finished bottle next to a full pour.

A view from the top - bottle cap and foam.

Beautifully clear!

Closeup of a bottle.

View of each side of the label.

Check out the lacing!  And yeah, I
love my Epcot/Germany mug. 

If you'd like it, the recipe info follows.

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Batch Size (gallons)5.5
Recipe typeAll Grain
Style3B. Oktoberfest/Marzen
Original Gravity1.065
Final Gravity1.016
ABV6.43% (basic)   /   6.44% (advanced)       [what's this?]
Color13.5 SRM
Boil Time90 min

YeastWhite Labs WLP820 (Octoberfest/Marzen Lager)

Munich Malt4 lbs 4 oz31.8%9
Pilsner (2 Row) German4 lbs29.9%2
Vienna Malt3 lbs 8 oz26.2%3.5
Melanoiden Malt 8 oz3.7%20
Caramunich Malt 8 oz3.7%56
Cara-Pils/Dextrine 8 oz3.7%2
Carafa III 2 oz0.9%525

Tettnang (Boil).88 oz604.5%15.4
Hallertauer (Boil).75 oz604.8%9.3
Hallertauer (Boil).25 oz204.8%1.9
Tettnang (Boil).18 oz204.5%1.9

for complete recipe (with details like mash and fermentation temps), click here

Tags for this post: labels, label, custom, beer, lager, oktoberfest

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They look fantastic! And yay, found your blog. Olan, so much

posted by Lori Krell on 2/13/2014 at 07:19:37 AM