April 26

Beer Bottle Label Glue

One aspect of homebrewing that I always found fun was designing bottle labels for what I had brewed. However getting my custom paper label to stick to the bottle, and later wash off so I could reuse the bottle again became a challenge. Many folks recommend using milk, and it is pretty amazing that milk will act as a sort of glue. The problem I found with milk is that while it will hold the label on, and is easy to remove when cleaning, is that it didn’t hold up to the “ice chest test”. After scouring beer forums for a solution a few years back, this is what I came to use.

I have no recollection as to where exactly I found it, it’s been so many years now. My best guess is that it was from the HomeBrewTalk forum back in the early 2000s. So I apologize in advance for not crediting whomever the original creator is.

Bottle Label Glue

My glue recipe for sticking labels onto my home brewed beers.
Keyword: Beer, Glue, Homebrew, Labels

Materials

Glue

  • 6 Tbsp Water
  • 2 packets Unflavored Gelatin .5 oz
  • 2 Tbsp White Vinegar
  • 2 tsp Glycerine

Instructions

  • Boil water. Remove from heat and stir in the gelatin until dissolved.
  • Add vinegar and glycerine, stir well.
  • Cool and pour into jar, seal tightly.

To use:

  • Brush the glue onto the back of your paper label and then place the label onto your bottle.

Notes

IMPORTANT: Make sure to print your labels on a laser printer. The laser printer will properly fuse the ink to the paper so that it doesn’t get ruined once it gets wet in your ice chest.
If you use an inkjet printer, all of your colors will run and it’ll look horrible.

The two parts that really stood out to me and the reason I began using it are:

  1. It gets firm and will set in cold water (or on ice). Nobody wants to be the one pulling the mystery brew out of the bucket hoping they picked the good ale and not the mediocre ale. Thus it passes the “ice chest test”.
  2. It releases very easily in hot water. You’re going to wash and sanitize your bottles so you can bottle your next batch, so who wants to fuss with some super adhesive that you need to bust out the steelwool for just to remove it. The labels peel off so effortlessly in warm or hot water.

To use it, I liberally brush it to the back of my label, then stick it into the bottle. Sometimes I’ll paint the corners or edges of the label the front if they don’t look like they’re sticking down. Although that is honestly usually just from me doing a bad job of applying the glue on the backside. While I use it specifically for my homebrew labels, there really isn’t any reason why you couldn’t use it anywhere that you needed a “waterproof” glue.

Hope this helps out some other Home Brewers out there!

December 4

Instant Pot Keto Queso Chicken Soup

It’s been a while since we made this, but I’m just getting around to posting it…. Just from the name alone you can tell that this is going to be a good recipe! IP, Keto friendly, Queso, Chicken, Soup – I think I like every one of those keywords. LOL. This soup was really easy to make, and it tasted as good as you’d expect. It’s literally a cheese soup with chicken added. It’s like a fiesta in your mouth!

Instant Pot Keto Queso Chicken Soup

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American, Mexican

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 2 10oz can Rotel with diced green chiles
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or whole milk
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

Instructions
 

Stove top:

  • In a cast iron dutch oven (or normal poheat the oil over medium heat. Stir in the Rotel and taco seasoning and cook for 1 minute just to toast the spices.
  • Add in the chicken and broth, cover and simmer for 25 minutes. Remove the chicken and shred, set aside.
  • Stir the cream cheese and heavy cream into the soup. You may want to use an immersion blender to make it creamier than just stirring. Once the cheese has melted add the chicken back into the soup. Season with salt to your taste and serve with desired toppings.

Instant Pot:

  • Cook the chicken in the IHere is our IP Chicken recipe. Once cooked, set on side. Later, shred the chicken while you wait on the soup to come to together.
  • Set you IP to saute and heat the oil. Stir in the Rotel and taco seasonings, cooking for a minute until the spices are toasted.
  • Add in the broth, cream cheese, and heavy cream into the soup. Let cook for about 15-20 minutes.
  • (OptionaTransfer soup to blender and pulse until smooth. You can also use an immersion blender, if you don’t have a Vitamix or equivalent. Add it back to the IP.
  • Add your shredded chicken back to the soup base in the IP, and cook for about 5 minutes to reheat the chicken. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Notes

Original Recipe: https://www.castironketo.net/blog/keto-queso-chicken-soup

Nutrition

Serving: 5g
Keyword Keto
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