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Old 02-04-2010, 12:29 AM   #1
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I am working at emptying bottles (store bought) so I can use them to bottle my home brew and was wondering what is the easiest way to remove the labels? Some guys from work told me that the necks on store bought bottles may not work well for reuse as the mouth of the bottle may break. Anyone heard of this?



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Old 02-04-2010, 12:32 AM   #2
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Soak them in a Rubbermaid container full of HOT Oxy-Clean solution.

Are you talking about twist-offs vs pry offs?



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Old 02-04-2010, 12:35 AM   #3
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pry offs....

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Old 02-04-2010, 12:56 AM   #4
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All my bottles are store bought pry offs. Never broke a single one.

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i just soak in water, label removal of some brands is easier than others. Chimay labels fall off in a few minutes. Bud American Ale labels also come off easily. For the labels that don't want to come off, i scrap them off with my finger nails and then use steel wool to scrap of the remaining label and residue. A little soap on the outside of the bottle helps to remove residue but don't put soap in the inside of the bottle or the water you soak the bottles in. I have never had a problem with breaking bottles using my wing capper. I have come across a few bottles, chinese beer i think, that didn't have enough of neck for the capper to grip.

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Old 02-04-2010, 01:41 AM   #6
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Soak them in a Rubbermaid container full of HOT Oxy-Clean solution.
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Old 02-04-2010, 03:11 AM   #7
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Oxy-Clean is awesome at removing labels.

The one brewery that I've found that has labels somehow invincible to oxy-clean is the Highland Brewery in Charlotte, NC. They have these plasticy labels that don't absorb the solution, so the glue doesn't get dissolved. The warm water loosens the glue a bit, and you can peel it off (difficultly), but overall those labels are the biggest PITA I've found.

Most labels you don't even have to touch after a 15-20 minute soak. When you pull the bottle out of the soak, the label stays behind.

Oxy-clean is friggin' awesome.

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Old 02-04-2010, 03:15 AM   #8
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Yep, hot OxyClean soak overnight will take those puppies right off of most beers. It's usually 12-24 hours before I can get back to them, and by then any labels off of Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, Red Hook, New Belgium, Hoegaarden, or Rogue are either floating or able to be wiped off by a rag, no scrubbing.

There are very few that are tenacious to resist this treatment... some do, though. Honestly, if you run into a brand or batch that are stubborn, just recycle them the old fashioned way and wait, easy bottles are so cheap it's REALLY not worth your time.

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Old 02-04-2010, 03:15 AM   #9
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paint thinner takes off the glue (if needed)

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Old 02-04-2010, 04:47 AM   #10
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Another +1 to the hot water oxyclean solution. Let them soak overnight, and in the morning you will have clean bottles and a bunch of floating labels. Zero labor.



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