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Old 01-07-2013, 08:34 PM   #1
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Default Easiest de-labeling?

I've been buying and drinking bombers like crazy to get enough to bottle a five gallon batch. It's a cross I have borne admirably.

Now I need to get the labels off. What is the easiest way?

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Old 01-07-2013, 08:40 PM   #2
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I just soak them in the bath tub with HOT water, a heavy dose of Oxyclean (2 scoops) and baking soda (about 2 Oxyclean scoops size) for about an hour or two. Most of them will fall right off. I scrub them up a little with a dish scrubber, and if everything doesn't come off right away, I just move on to the next one, and then come back to the ones I couldn't get on the first go. If I have to scrub too much to get one off, I'll just recycle it.

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Old 01-07-2013, 08:41 PM   #3
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Soak in oxy-clean or one of its off brands. The labels should come off easily in 3-4 hours and probably just fall off if left for more than a day.

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Just make sure you rinse them well after the Oxyclean bath. That stuff takes a couple rinses to really get out.

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B brite cleaner from Midwest works great, sprinkle 2 tablespoons in your water, let them sit for 25 minutes and they peel off quicker than my sister's panties.........

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I soak in hot water and some ammonia over night in my basement wash basin. The next day I scrub them off with the scratchy part of a sponge, comes off like butter. I follow that up with a good rinse and an oxy clean soak.

De-labeling is one of my least favorite homebrewing steps and I've found ammonia to be the most effective. Oxy-clean on it's own works but doesn't make it quite as easy.

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B brite cleaner from Midwest works great, sprinkle 2 tablespoons in your water, let them sit for 25 minutes and they peel off quicker than my sister's panties.........
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:55 PM   #8
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I use water and white vinegar (10% vinegar) soak them for a few days in that and the labels should come right off. Some labels are MUCH harder to remove. Sam Adams and Red Hook are the easiest labels to remove after the plastic Guinness labels.

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B brite does work really well. I also use a butterknife to speed in the peeling process.

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Old 01-07-2013, 09:18 PM   #10
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I have been using oxi clean like the rest. Works excellent! Buy the fragrance free kind.

Some labels refuse to come off I just move on and recycle.

Reach out to non brewing but beer living buddies to save you bottles

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