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Old 02-11-2010, 05:25 AM   #1
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So I had about 10 bottles that I wanted to get the labels off of.. I filled my sink with hot water and added a few drops of soap (dont ask why. I was not thinking). Anyways, I got the labels off just fine, but, do the bottles have a layer of soap film in them now that will ruin my beer when I bottle? Is there anyway to salvage these bottles?

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Old 02-11-2010, 05:27 AM   #2
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If you rinse them thoroughly, you shouldn't have a problem with them.

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Old 02-11-2010, 05:42 AM   #3
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If you have really hard water you might be able to get the film off with a starsan solution. An acidic solution helps to break the film.

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I use soap all the time, dawn dishwashing liquid. But I rinse like a mad man and my water kinda hard so soap goes away fast and easy. The bottles are fine, just rinse them off a few times.

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Old 02-11-2010, 03:24 PM   #5
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If a thorough rinse doesn't work try an acid bath. 3-4 oz. white vinegar/5 gal water and soak for 24 hours. starsan soak should also work.

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I use soap to get certain labels off as well. If you don't rinse the soap out, your beer will be affected. If you rinse them, you'll be fine.

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Old 02-12-2010, 02:20 AM   #7
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I rinsed them... I just dont remember if I rinsed them several times.. Something tells me I just rinsed them until there was no more soap bubbles. Also, I only used about 2-3 drops of soap in the sink full of water..If there is a soap film in the bottles, how will it affect my beer? No head, bad taste?

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Old 02-12-2010, 02:28 AM   #8
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how will it affect my beer? No head, bad taste?
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