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Old 09-16-2012, 05:17 PM   #1
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Default Hypothesis about quality of brewery and ease of label removal

In my minimal experience in removal of labels I have stumbled across an interesting coincidence that I was curious if the more seasoned label removers have noticed this phenomenon or if it's my limited sample size skewing my results.

The better the brewery the easier it is to remove their labels.

Clearly no direct causation but it's been funny to me that my favorite breweries have labels that are very easy to remove and some beers I would not purchase again have labels that have a death grip on the bottle.

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Old 09-16-2012, 05:41 PM   #2
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In my minimal experience in removal of labels I have stumbled across an interesting coincidence that I was curious if the more seasoned label removers have noticed this phenomenon or if it's my limited sample size skewing my results.

The better the brewery the easier it is to remove their labels.

Clearly no direct causation but it's been funny to me that my favorite breweries have labels that are very easy to remove and some beers I would not purchase again have labels that have a death grip on the bottle.
Soak them in oxyclean, it dissolves the glue and after a few hours the labels either float to the top or the water or very easily are removed. Then you just take a sponge and wipe off the glue residue.
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Old 09-16-2012, 05:44 PM   #3
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Soak them in oxyclean, it dissolves the glue and after a few hours the labels either float to the top or the water or very easily are removed. Then you just take a sponge and wipe off the glue residue.
Just try this with schlafly bottles. You'll have the Brillo pad out on the third day of soaking.

New Glarus are the absolute best. Using the above method only takes about ten minutes for the labels to fall off!

I endorse the OP's hypothesis!
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Old 09-16-2012, 05:52 PM   #4
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Paulaner & sam adams are about the quickest to float off in PBW imo. Michelobe,Franziskaner,Sierra nevada are a couple more that come off easy. But ones like Great Lakes soak a couple days & still have to be scraped off.
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Schlafly bottles are super easy after a soak in warm water. Rogue bottle are damn near impossible to remove.

Both are excellent breweries.

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I did soak in oxyclean for 36 hours.

In support of my hypothesis 3floyds labels will float in cold water. Smuttynose took scrubbing after 36 hours in oxy.

Luckily for me I have 10x 3floyds bottles for every other bottle I have, especially bombers.

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Stone, Rogue?

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I don't think there's any connection at all.

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Maybe it's the other way around? The ease of removing the labels has contributed to you buying them more often and enjoying them more?

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Russian River bottles are easy to get the label off after a 1hr soak in Oxyclean, but a gigantic PITA to get the glue off.

Their beer most definitely does not suck.

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