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Old 04-17-2006, 05:46 PM   #11
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Oxyclean in Warm Water if you soak a couple hours lift the bottles out by the neck and the labels will be in the bucket

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Old 04-17-2006, 11:29 PM   #12
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Put the bottles in a big Tupperware tub and fill it with fairly strong ammonia and water mixture. Leave them over night and the labels literally slide off the bottles into the bottom of the tub. Rinse the bottles well and you are done. Just don't get any bleach (chlorine) mixed into the ammonia! A very dangerous combination.
This works like a charm - even for Sam Adams which are the hardest to get of in our neck of the woods. Don't remember the solution, I'm not home now to look it up but I think a cup per 5 gal.
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Old 04-18-2006, 06:56 AM   #13
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Some of the worst to get off are Pete's Wicked. Sam Adams are a cinch compared to Pete's. But a lot of soaking and a little scrubing work. And yes, Flying dog are also a PITA.

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Old 04-19-2006, 04:20 AM   #14
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There is a product called Straight-A Premium Cleanser that works extremely well at removing labels. I think it is available at most of the HBS's



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Old 04-21-2006, 03:57 AM   #15
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I put the 15 bottles I got from my LHBS' bottle return into the diswasher to sanitize/wash them. (Who knows where they've been). I went in to get a glass because all of my glasses were dirty and grabbed a couple bottles and the labels slid right off! The Negra Modelo foil tops even came off fairly easy.

I say use the dishwasher and peel the labels off when it is in mid steam cycle. Worked good for me.

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Old 04-21-2006, 11:28 AM   #16
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All I do is put my bottles with labels in the dishwasher add soap, turn on and walk away. About the time when the dry cycle is almost done I open up the dishwasher and peel the labels off the bottles. At that point there aren't very many that have labels still on them but the sticky ones slip right off. As for the glue I just fill the soap back up and wash again after, of course, scooping the fallen labels out of the bottom of the dishwasher before doing so.

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Old 04-21-2006, 03:01 PM   #17
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Oxyclean, hot water, and time are your friends.

Get up about 30 minutes earlier then normal and put your bottles in the tub. Fill the tub with hot water, add Oxyclean, and then go to work. Make sure the bottles are actually sunk to the bottom and not just floating around and FILL the tub dont just cover them bottles. When you come home about 8-9 hours later I guarentee 95% of any labels out there will be floating right off the bottle.

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Old 04-21-2006, 08:29 PM   #18
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I thought I read somewhere on this forum that they soak them in an ammonia/water solution and they slide right off, just wanted to know dilution factor of the ammonia:water.
From Papazian's book: Effective ratio is 1 cup ammonia (plain old grocery store brand works fine at a buck a quart) added to 5 gallons of cold water. Soak overnite. Lift bottles out of solution and wipe the label off with a finger, if it doesn't slide right off when you pull the bottle out of the liquid. Rinse well and dry. It's that easy. The ammonia completely disolved the glue for any label I've come across, save the metal ones. Those remain the PITA for any method of removal.

Try to soak the bottles outdoors. Ammonia fumes aren't nice to the nasal cavities. It's not overly strong, but being in a closed area concentrates the fumes.
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I used table spoon of B brite in a 5 gal bucket put the bottles in last night and after breakfast I took them out the labels pulled off easy then I just wiped the glue off with a dish rag no problem. bottles were Warstiener I think thats how to you spell it?

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Old 04-22-2006, 02:28 AM   #20
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5 gallon bucket?

I must be the only one here who does like 5 cases of bottles at a time

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