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Old 04-22-2006, 03:33 AM   #21
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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.
Do I have to!? Can't I sleep in just this once? Or, better yet, couldn't I soak the bottles in the evening so they are finished when I wake up in the morning?
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Old 04-22-2006, 04:08 AM   #22
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5 gallon bucket?

I must be the only one here who does like 5 cases of bottles at a time
You dont have the keg setup yet? I just bottle some for easy transport.
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Old 04-22-2006, 09:50 PM   #23
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just think, once you get 2 cases of bottles with no labels you never have to remove them again (assuming you do a 5 gallon brew).

but if you take some homebrews over to your friends house, you have to remember to take the empties back with you, which is hard to remember after a few brews...

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Old 04-22-2006, 10:25 PM   #24
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ok from a girl... soak em then after they slide off.. if you take a bit of olive oil and a soft scrubber the glue will come right off the bottle..

the dishwasher is awesome for it too.. when you wash in there the labels always seem to peel off!

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Old 04-22-2006, 11:48 PM   #25
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just think, once you get 2 cases of bottles with no labels you never have to remove them again (assuming you do a 5 gallon brew).

but if you take some homebrews over to your friends house, you have to remember to take the empties back with you, which is hard to remember after a few brews...

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Actually, you will find you need more that 2 cases of bottles. Unless you drink the entire batch before you bottle the next one you won't have enough. Also, many of us like to have a variety of home brew on hand. You may have 3 or 4 types of beer bottled at once.
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Do I have to!? Can't I sleep in just this once? Or, better yet, couldn't I soak the bottles in the evening so they are finished when I wake up in the morning?
Great idea!
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Old 04-24-2006, 03:56 PM   #27
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Everyone has the plan that works best for them. I've had nightmares getting labels off of Sam Adams bottles, but with Becks, those are a piece of cake for me. I know that from above postings people have complained that Becks are hard to get off, but with a soaking overnight in some soapy water, the foil labels fall right off for me. A quick wipe with a washcloth, and the outsides are clean as can be. Best advise as everyone has been saying...Just take your time and let them soak. For me, I do small batches so I'm not cleaning bottles for hours on end.

I'll have to try those newcastle bottles as Lost pointed out above in his posting.

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Old 04-28-2006, 03:35 AM   #28
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Ah, but the Newcastle bottles are clear... (at least the 6 I just consumed were) But that's a different debate thread. (brown/green/clear bottles)

While drinking the Newcastle on the other hand, I removed the bottles I had for a soak to remove the labels. Many of which were several years old...

My recipe for what it's worth...

Find a big cooler you're not using this weekend... 3 or 4 or 5 scoops of Oxyclean, fill with water, then bottles, let sit for 4 days. Remove bottles. Those labels that don't come off on their own, peel 'em off, (they come off easily enuf) What residue is left, grab a Dobie, takes it right off... Then spray them out really well. (REALLY well if you are bottling immediately, good enough if you are storing for the moment and are going to wash them again) Sanitize when ready....

Even the Warsteiner foil peeled right off.... The only ones that gave me trouble were the Out of Bounds.... some kind of plastic overlay on the label...

All in all, another 20 ready to go, another case soaking....


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Old 06-27-2006, 12:10 AM   #29
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I'm revisiting this topic and would like to add one other note now that I have some more experience under my belt.

I've found that the Bass bottles have a rim that is slightly larger than other beers, and hence, I wasn't able to cap my beers as tightly as with others. These produced flatter beers than the beers in from the same batch in other bottles. I also had the same problem with Stella, except worse.

But, the labels do come off easily...

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Old 06-27-2006, 03:58 AM   #30
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Soak in TSP, used to remove wallpaper etc. Rinses off real easy.

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