How to print stock (racking/packaging) labels

Breww’s stock labels are those generated in relation to a racking or packaging event. They don’t typically have a barcode on them for your own tracked containers and will only have a barcode on for non-returnable (NR) containers if they are printed after racking (and in relation to a specific racking).

For information on how to rack/package your beer, see Racking (packaging beer) in Breww.

Three ways to print stock labels

Before racking

This can be done via the Planned packagings tab on a batch or by using the button at ProductionActionsRack (package)Print labels pre-packaging. We recommend using planned packagings, over the other option here as adding your planned packagings to Breww has many other benefits and the process is simpler to follow.

These labels will never be able to show an NR number or barcode on them. This is because the NR numbers are not generated until you actually rack the beer.

Immediately after the racking process on a computer (not the mobile app)

After completing a racking on the website, you’ll be taken to a racking success screen. From here you can print the stock labels and these will show an NR number & barcode for the NR containers. This is possible here as in this case the NR numbers have already been generated for you.

Any time after racking (on the website or the mobile app)

Once a racking has been completed, you can go to the batch, then the Actions tab, and find the racking action in the list. If the racking has just been done, it will likely be the last row in the table. There is a print button here. As with the previous option, this will print labels with the NR number & barcode on them as again the racking has already been done and the numbers have been allocated.

Do you actually need NR barcodes on your labels?

You’ll need to decide if you want to track the specific NR containers that are delivered to customers or not (we have breweries who do this both ways).

  • If you always want to “perfectly” track which specific container was delivered to which customer (and therefore have full end to end traceability from ingredient to customer), you will need to print the labels using one of the options after the racking has been completed. When completing deliveries, you will need to scan the container’s NR barcode to assign it to the delivery.

  • If you are happy for Breww to automatically allocate your NR containers to your deliveries, on a first-expiry-first-out basis, then you don’t need to have the barcode on these labels. You can enable this setting in SettingsDelivery settingsAuto assign productsAuto assign non returnable casks and kegs. You can then use the “Auto assign” buttons in the deliveries area of Breww to let Breww pick an NR to use and assign it to the delivery.
    If you wish, when using this method, you can check the automatically assigned container’s batch number and make sure to deliver one from the same batch. This way you can still maintain full end to end traceability from ingredient to customer, but it’s slightly more error-prone as barcode scanning isn’t used to reduce the chances of mistakes.

If you use your own tracked containers, they will always have their own unique barcode fixed to the container which will uniquely represent them and all 3 label printing methods are suitable.

If you would like to print a tracked container’s barcode on stock labels for tracked containers, you can do so by enabling the Display returnable barcode on stock labels option in SettingsLabel settings.
We don’t usually recommend this, from a practicality point of view, as this means the correct stock label must be matched to the correct container after printing the labels, and the containers will have permanent barcodes on them already that can be scanned instead.

I’m trying to find out if I can specify if I want the BBE to be printed on the stock item label or left blank for writing on. Ideally this setting would be linked to product container type for us.
Is this a feature, or is there a work around that I can use to have cask and keg etc labels printed without a BBE at point of racking?

At the moment, showing the BBE date on stock labels is either on or off, I’m afraid. You can toggle it in Settings > Label settings. You could toggle this setting before printing for each container type, but this is obviously a bit of work. If you’d like this to be a setting per container type, please could you create a feature request for this in the feature requests section?

There are a couple of alternative features which may be a solution for you:

  • You can change the best before date and print labels via the ‘Stock breakdown’ tab on the product’s page. So if you just go here to print the labels after racking, that may be a solution for you.
  • We have a feature to allow you to specify additional best before time per customer type. This might not be what you’re looking for but I thought I’d mention it just in case! You can do this by going to Customers > Settings & tools > Customer types, then edit a customer type.

I hope this helps.

We’ve been looking at how we could operate with current functionality for a week or so and we’re aware there are developments coming for the stock labels but wondered how easy/possible it would be in the shorter term to maybe have the BBE toggle off for all labels however if a BBE date is entered manually in the override section when creating the racking have that print?

Following the conversation at Additional Information on Product Labels or Customisable Labels, we’re exploring a proof of concept for a possible fairly quick solution for you to define a custom label template per container type. This way as long as you always wanted the BBE for some container types and didn’t for others, this might cover your use case?

Or would you sometimes want the BBE shown and sometimes not for the same container type? Cheers.