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Old 09-14-2007, 11:37 AM   #1
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dumb question, but (other than aesthetics) is there any reason to remove labels from bottles of store-bought brews before re-using?

have a Belgian I'm working on (and another planned) and don't want to tie up the kegs while they age.

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Old 09-14-2007, 12:50 PM   #2
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No. They can stay on. I've taken alot of them off, but I've left a few on, too.

Consider it a surprise package to unsuspecting consumers! It says "Sam Adams" on the label but Aha! it's a stout.

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Old 09-14-2007, 12:56 PM   #3
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Funny you mention Sam Adams. . . I've found that those labels come off REAL easy after a quick soak.

Not so with Harpoon labels. Those things are tough.

I find myself choosing commercial beer (on the rare occasions that I buy it) by how easy the labels are to get off.

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Old 09-14-2007, 01:26 PM   #4
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I never bother to take the time to remove labels from commercial bottles that I use. It doesn't have any impact on the beer that's in it, so why bother? If I need to identify bottles, I write a code on the cap.

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Old 09-14-2007, 01:26 PM   #5
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I have pretty much quit taking off labels, it is such a PITA. After using them 2-3 times and soaking them in Star San each time, they really start to dissolve anyway.

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Old 09-14-2007, 01:27 PM   #6
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I usually pick away at the labels while I'm drinking the beer, some come off easy, some don't.

I figure I'm drinking my brew from a glass, not the bottle, so it doesn't worry me

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Old 09-14-2007, 01:49 PM   #7
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Remove them if you feel like it ... if you wanna save the effort just don't do it. Some brands' labels come of fairly easy like Sam Adams, Kona, etc. sometimes even when you just clean them.

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Old 09-14-2007, 01:58 PM   #8
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I leave them on as well. I had heard that trying to get the labels off why soaking them could leach some of the label glue into the bottle, which would screw up bottling. I can't confirm it, only heard it.

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Old 09-14-2007, 02:03 PM   #9
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If it says Bud on the label, I've heard it can ruin your beer.

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I have found that Sierra Nevada Labels come off super easy. Just soak in hot water and rub the glue with a sponge you have spotless brown bottles.

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