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Old 04-23-2008, 04:14 PM   #1
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At PTN's brew day, Saturday, Kaiser mentioned to someone that he uses a baking soda bath to remove bottle labels.

Tried it this morning on beer bottles, and indeed, it does a great job!

I wonder if it will do as well with wine bottles...??

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does this only work on paper labels only or would it work on those annoying Heineken labels too? I have a source to get all the free Heineken bottles i want but removing the labels it horrible, I can peel the plastic off quickly but the sticker goop takes hours of scrubbing.

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Sticker goop - best removed with a chemical called zylene - you can buy at the hardware store. Soak a rag and wipe wet onto 6-12 bottles, then start at the beginning and wipe adhesive off.

Its a method that we use to remove industrial adhesives from vehicles - it will work. Just don't soak the bottles in it it will ruin them - this stuff stinks. Wash off with you cleanser of choice.

I don't remove the labels so no worries for me there. I bought a couple of cases, so if I am looking for presentation, I just use those.

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does this only work on paper labels only or would it work on those annoying Heineken labels too? I have a source to get all the free Heineken bottles i want but removing the labels it horrible, I can peel the plastic off quickly but the sticker goop takes hours of scrubbing.
Do you realy want green bottles though? Unless you keep it in the dark theres not much point. IMO.
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does this only work on paper labels only or would it work on those annoying Heineken labels too? I have a source to get all the free Heineken bottles i want but removing the labels it horrible, I can peel the plastic off quickly but the sticker goop takes hours of scrubbing.
I use Heineken bottles all the time. I peel the label first, then they get a 20min soak in hot water and oxyclean. i use a scotchbrite pad to wipe (not scrub, it comes right off) the residue off. Works like a charm and there are no harsh chemicals to worry about getting in the bottle. Hit the inside with a bottle brush before rinsing and store upside down. All that is left is sanitizing just before filling.
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For paper labels, I've honetly never had an issue with just soaking them in hot water for a while then using an abrasive sponge of some sort.

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I soak them in oxyclean and then use a box cutter type razor blade to go back and forth - then follow with a quick doobie pad. Takes about 30 seconds per bottle if you don't include the soak.

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I soak them in oxyclean and then use a box cutter type razor blade to go back and forth - then follow with a quick doobie
Makes the rest of the day really mellow I bet.
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I wonder if it will do as well with wine bottles...??
Answering my own question, yes, it does!

Note that one of the reasons I wanted to try the baking soda idea is that my first try at oxyclean - a variation of it found a TJ's - sort of worked but wasn't that remarkable. Same knock-off oxy-something did a great job with a Kraeusened BB though.
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What is the ratio water/baking soda you used on the wine bottles?

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