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Old 02-13-2013, 12:32 AM   #21
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Frankly i think you all are all wet. you dont need water and you dont need soap and you dont need chemicals. what you need is a bench grinder with a wire brush, a steel wire brush doesnt hurt the bottle and and it saves on the mess. not to mention what happens in the garage my wife has no say in. I do however recomend a good pair of safety goggles and a pair of good leather gloves.
you still must clean up all that glue covered paper flying all over like spit balls and clean up your wire brush and hope you do not loose that grip on the bottle .
Or you can just not put them bothersome labels on your bottles . I do not . I only have to clean the labels off of liquor store bottles I use sometimes . No point in throwing them away since bottles cost me 19.00 a case plus tax
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:09 AM   #22
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Does this work for Pliny labels? I have yet to find anything that works on Pliny.

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Old 02-13-2013, 01:14 AM   #23
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Star San + a good rubbing with a copper scouring pad gets any label I've ever encountered off with ease.

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Old 02-13-2013, 01:19 AM   #24
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I've never had any trouble just using a hot sinkful of water and dish soap, soak for 5-15 min, then scrub with a dobie. There are a limited few brands that I have trouble with, like Grand Teton's cellar reserve labels, which are made from what I call "Satan Foil".

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Old 02-13-2013, 09:07 PM   #25
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I've never had any trouble just using a hot sinkful of water and dish soap, soak for 5-15 min, then scrub with a dobie. There are a limited few brands that I have trouble with, like Grand Teton's cellar reserve labels, which are made from what I call "Satan Foil".
Them foil labels are probably glued on with a rubber cement type glue instead of the water soluble type for paper . you might try using a hair dryer to heat up the label and soften the glue.
have you tried calling in a priest to do an exorcism on that devil foil ?
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Old 02-13-2013, 09:15 PM   #26
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All of this is far too much work. I simply built myself a kiln and melt my old bottles. The labels simply burn up! No chemicals or scrubbing at all! Then I blow new bottles, simple as that.

Seriously, though. Oxyxlean or PBW in some water. Is it really worth risking knocking yourself out or poisoning yourself with a homemade ammonia solution to save 10 cents?

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Old 02-13-2013, 09:17 PM   #27
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PBW and water + overnite sit, and done.
When I do this the labels are literally falling off the bottles.
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:44 PM   #28
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if the bottles are dry, the glue is too, it sweeps up and very little sticks to the wire brush, however, since it is in my garage i don't have to scour the whole place. and since the glue is dry it comes off as a powder, no spitballs. and even if i did drop a bottle, it sweeps off a concrete floor pretty well too. you have to wash bottles once anyway. i don't see the point in doing it 20 times for each brew.

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Old 02-14-2013, 05:11 PM   #29
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We were just talking about this in another thread recently, so I thought I'd share another easy method:

A few months ago I read about someone putting them in a hot oven. I decided to try it by heating the oven to 350 and throwing the bottles in for 5-7 minutes. While they are still hot, remove the label.It works great and with little effort. I think the plastic labels are the easiest to remove. Anything sticky that remains can easily be cleaned off after they cool.

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Old 02-15-2013, 02:18 AM   #30
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Why do we want to hurt ourselves? Hot bottles, mixing chemicals. Time is the greatest warrior against labels. Soaking them in water with a simple solution of soap is too simple. No pain, clean bottles gained.

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