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Old 01-09-2013, 03:06 AM   #11
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I've had really good success with just hot hot water out of the tap and a stainless steel scrubby, the sort of ball shaped kind made of wound stainless strands. The hot water melts the glue like butter, and the scrubby takes care of the rest no issues.

Are there many labels that won't come off this way? I keep seeing people saying they have to use chemicals.

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Old 01-09-2013, 03:08 AM   #12
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I just do hot water and baking soda. Works pretty well for me

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Old 01-09-2013, 03:14 AM   #13
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Easy = Overnight soak in Oxyclean. about 1/3 scoop in water enough to cover the labels in a 5 gallon bucket. More if you have a larger container to soak in. Most of the labels will be off, if not a quick rub with a nylon scrubbie will get the label and the residue off. Rinse and ready.

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Old 01-09-2013, 03:19 AM   #14
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more easy = hot water and ammonia, let them sit for a while, labels and glue come right off.

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Old 01-20-2013, 10:50 PM   #15
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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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I just use hot tap water & dish detergent. Soak for about a hour!!! The easiest ones that I've come across is Samuel Adams, sometimes all you need to do with them is run under hot water!!! Lol
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Old 01-20-2013, 11:08 PM   #16
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Dilute acetone also works well. Depending of the label but in my experience, a few minutes in acetone and that label should glide off

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Old 01-21-2013, 03:38 AM   #17
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Use PBW. 30 minute soak will remove nearly any label.

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Old 01-21-2013, 03:49 PM   #18
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I fill a 5 gallon bucket with 120F hot tap water and mix with PBW and soak the bottles for a few days. I have found that not all labels will come off within a day if soaking, especially the local microbrew bottles. Sometimes if I am busy with work they end up sitting in there for a week. When I pull the out all of the labels are either floating at sunk to the bottom. Then there is just a small amount of glue that easily wipes off with a sponge and some water.

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Old 01-21-2013, 04:01 PM   #19
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With some glue residues that are a pain to remove, I will soak them in a double starsan solution to help remove the glue residue. I usually throw them in that bath after scrubbing off the label if PBW doesn't work to remove the glue. Rahr, Lagunitas and Heineken bottles (for mead) both are a PITA to delabel. The 2x starsan will munch through the glue and it can be wiped off pretty easily when left a few days. Just don't rinse with warm water until the label is removed. Warm water makes them sticky again.

Today my hands are so dry after cleaning bottles for hours yesterday. Starsan cleans the oils off your hands pretty well. Still have tons more to clean, but may do that tomorrow.

When the bottles are a total PITA to remove, I now just chunk them. I have enough already. Lagunitas bottles are a pain, so I usually chunk them and I also hate the short neck clamping area. I am trying to remove those bottles from my collection also.

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Old 01-21-2013, 04:03 PM   #20
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I've had really good success with just hot hot water out of the tap and a stainless steel scrubby, the sort of ball shaped kind made of wound stainless strands. The hot water melts the glue like butter, and the scrubby takes care of the rest no issues.

Are there many labels that won't come off this way? I keep seeing people saying they have to use chemicals.
Oxyclean works great. Soak for about an hour, glue and all will come off !
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