Label printing and barcode scanning


Label printing
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". Barcode Warehouse
or ebay
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 Amazon
or ebay
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 Amazon
or ebay

Barcode scanning

Breww has a mobile app for barcode scanning. At the moment it only support cask/keg racking and iOS, but we're working on adding Android support and other features such as deliveries. All of Breww's barcode scanning tools are supported however, in our main web-based application via the use of a USB/Bluetooth barcode scanner. Depending on your own work-flows you may find that the web-based application with dedicated barcode scanner is the best solution for you and until we have completed our mobile app we'd highly recommend you purchasing a dedicated barcode scanner to get the full benefit of Breww. The time-savings (and mistake-reduction) should easily cover the costs of buying a barcode scanner. Our suggested devices can be found below, however any device that supports batch mode should.

Device Suggested supplier Setup and usage instructions
Honeywell 1202g Voyager
Honeywell 1202g Voyager
Entry-level device
Barcode Warehouse
  1. You'll need to enable "Batch Mode" by scanning the below barcode. This is only needed once for initial setup. This scanner cannot read barcodes from most screens so you'll probably need to print this out to scan them.
    Setup barcode
  2. Whenever you need to scan barcodes in Breww, follow the relevant instructions on which barcodes to scan and in which order. This is very important.
  3. When you've finished scanning the barcodes, ensure the cursor is in the correct input box for the barcode data, put the back into its cradle or scan the transmit barcode below and you should see all the barcode data entered into Breww for you.
    Transmit barcode
Zebra DS3678-HP
Zebra DS3678-HP
Advanced device (future-proof & rugged)
Barcode Warehouse
  1. You'll need to enable "Batch Mode" by scanning the below barcode. This is only needed once for initial setup. This scanner should be able to read the image from your phone/computer screen.
    Setup barcode
  2. Whenever you need to scan barcodes in Breww, follow the relevant instructions on which barcodes to scan and in which order. This is very important.
  3. When you've finished scanning the barcodes, ensure the cursor is in the correct input box for the barcode data, put the back into its cradle and you should see all the barcode data entered into Breww for you.

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.