Label printing and barcode scanning
Which label printer do I need
Breww generates all of its labels in two formats, one designed for thermal label printers and one for A4 pages of labels on a normal desktop printer. We highly recommending you invest in a thermal label printer, but understand that can be tough when you're first starting out and so the cheaper solutions of A4 labels is an option.
Thermal label printing requirements
|Role||Suggested item||Notes||Suggested supplier|
|Thermal label printer||Zebra ZD420 Thermal Transfer||Other printers which can handle the same label sizes should also be suitable. See note below regarding "Thermal Transfer" vs "Direct Thermal".||
|Permanent cask/keg labels||3011159 - White PolyPro 3000T gloss polypropylene white TT label 51 x 25mm (approx. 2 x 1")||You'll need one per container you own and may need to replace them occasionally if they get damaged||Barcode Warehouse|
|Ribbon for permanent labels||05095GS11007 - Zebra 5095 resin ribbon - 110mm x 74m (12 rolls)||Make sure your ribbon is compatible with your printer choice, this ribbon is suitable for the Zebra ZD420 printer||Barcode Warehouse|
|Temporary cask/keg labels||TB00609121 - 102 x 76mm (approx. 4 x 3") DT paper label, removable adhesive||You'll need one per container delivered||Barcode Warehouse|
A note about label printers - "Thermal Transfer" vs "Direct Thermal".
There are two thermal printing methods: direct thermal and thermal transfer. Each method uses a thermal printhead that applies heat to the surface being marked. Direct thermal printing uses chemically treated, heat-sensitive labels that blackens when it passes under the thermal printhead, while thermal transfer printing uses a heated ribbon (the equivalent to ink in normal printers) to produce durable, long-lasting images on a wide variety of materials.
In terms of Breww, we strongly recommend using the slightly more expensive "thermal transfer" type of printer so you can use the ribbon for your permanent cask/keg labels. To keep running costs down, you can remove the ribbon and print in "direct thermal" mode using a thermal transfer printer for your delivery labels.
A4 paper label printing requirements
|Role||Suggested item||Notes||Suggested supplier|
|A4 paper printer||No specific recommendation||"Inkjets" and usually cheaper to buy and "LaserJets" cheaper in the long-run||-|
|Permanent cask/keg labels||Avery L7063-20 (99.1 x 38.1mm) extra-strong adhesive heavy duty weatherproof labels - 14 labels per A4 sheet||You'll need one per container you own and may need to replace them occasionally if they get damaged||
|Temporary cask/keg labels||Avery J8165-100 (99.1 x 67.7mm) labels - 8 labels per A4 sheet||You'll need one per container delivered||
Barcode scanning with the Breww app for Apple iOS & Android
Breww has a native mobile app for barcode scanning. The app is available for Apple iOS and Android and supports cask/keg racking and container assignment for deliveries/collections. The mobile app is our recommended solution for barcode scanning as it offers real-time feedback after each barcode scan (rather than barcodes being downloaded to Breww in batches). It also has the benefit of you not needing to purchase a barcode scanner, if you already have a supported Apple iOS or Android device. If you don't already have a supported device then purchasing a low-cost Android device may also be more economical than a USB/Bluetooth barcode scanner - just be sure the device supports the latest version of the Android OS to ensure good future-proofing. Download app for Apple iOS Download app for Android
Barcode scanning using a conventional USB/Bluetooth barcode scanner
All of Breww's barcode scanning tools are also supported in our main web-based application via the use of a USB/Bluetooth barcode scanner. Depending on your own workflows you may find that the web-based application with dedicated barcode scanner is a better solution for you. Our suggested devices can be found below, however any device that supports batch mode should work with Breww.
|Device||Suggested supplier||Setup and usage instructions|
Honeywell 1202g Voyager
Advanced device (future-proof & rugged)
Breww should be compatible with all barcode scanners that can support "batch mode". In batch mode the scanner will collect a number of scans together and finally submit them in one batch to Breww. If you have a different scanner or any issues with our recommended scanners, please get in touch with the name and model number and we'll see if we can help you get it working with Breww.
All labels, printers and barcode scanners recommended on this page are just recommendations. You should be able to use any compatible alternative. We provide some links to other websites/suppliers which are hope are helpful. If you use them, you do so at your own risk and we hope you have a good experience. We've only recommended suppliers that we've personally had good experiences with in the past and receive no commission for recommending them. For hardware, if your budget is tight, we'd also recommend checking ebay for a good deal. The hardware recommended is very reliable and we've a number of customer who've purchased 2nd-hand devices for a great price and been very happy with their purchases.