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Old 01-08-2010, 05:00 PM   #11
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You guys bottle in clear and green glass?
I can get them for free, and They'll condition in a dark room where there will be no exposure to the sun and the lights are on a few minutes a day. So if I can get them for free, I'm not too worried about the color of the bottles.
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Old 01-08-2010, 05:11 PM   #12
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My personal pet-peeve of a label to remove is Dogfish Head. They use some gnarly glue on their labels that peel off one small random piece at a time. Takes hours of soaking and peeling, scrubbing and scraping to get them off.

BTW, I usually use TSP to remove labels, it seems to dissolve the glue and remove any residual slime in the bottles. Available at most big-box stores from what I've seen.

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Old 01-08-2010, 05:45 PM   #13
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My personal pet-peeve of a label to remove is Dogfish Head. They use some gnarly glue on their labels that peel off one small random piece at a time. Takes hours of soaking and peeling, scrubbing and scraping to get them off.
That's weird, I stripped 3 cases worth of bottles last night and the Dogfish labels came off so clean that you could slap them on a new bottle and send them back out for sale. I use two scoops of Oxiclean and hot water in the bathtub just high enough to cover the bottles.

I also remembered why I hated stripping bottles, but I'm bottling a whole batch out of a cornie to take to a late holiday party tomorrow.
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Old 01-08-2010, 05:47 PM   #14
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Agreed. Dogfish labels are the easiest labels I have ever removed. I also use OxyClean.

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Old 01-08-2010, 06:00 PM   #15
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Sierra Nevada labels are the easiest I've come across. Half an hour in OxyClean and they're floating.

So far the absolute WORST are from Oaken Barrel in Indiana. OxyClean only softens them a bit, then I get the kids to start scraping! Aren't kids great?

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Old 01-08-2010, 06:10 PM   #16
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Hey mdwmonster, I'm in Missouri also, and I have to agree with you on the Schlafly and Sam Adams. I never buy store bought anymore but if I do, it's always SA or Schlafly. I have to give Schlafly some props on the Oatmeal stout and the APA. I've scrubbed a lot of bottles and nothing has come close to these two. Soak in hot water and they peel right off.

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Old 01-08-2010, 06:19 PM   #17
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The best way I know to remove stubborn labels is to use a stainless pot scrubber after a long soak. It even removes metallic labels, yet it doesn't scratch the bottles.

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Old 01-08-2010, 06:26 PM   #18
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Just like mdwmonster said, Schlafly labels are the easiest to get off. I have about 50 ready to go. And I don't have a problem drinking the beer that is inside them either!

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Old 01-08-2010, 06:30 PM   #19
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Back road brewery in Indiana, It's like trying to remove a bumper sticker. I gave up on their bottles.

I've had good luck removing labels with Cascade dishwashing detergent and hot water.

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Old 01-08-2010, 07:04 PM   #20
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You guys bottle in clear and green glass?
I was thinking the same - I only ever use brown. I don't bother with the labels either, I know its my beer!
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