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Old 02-10-2012, 04:04 PM   #1
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I'm starting to think the "Oxi-Clean removes labels super quick and easy" is a myth perpetrated by the good posters of this fine online forum. I've soaked bottles in oxi-clean for days at a time, and can't get the labels off......

Last week I soaked a new batch of bottles in a 20 Gallon tub, but ditched the oxiclean and instead tried hot water and about 2 tsp's of Chlori-Clean (pink stuff, http://www.winemakeri.com/Chlori_Clean_p/14020b.htm ). 20 minutes later about half the labels were at least semi-removed, no peeling or prying needed. After about 90 minutes I got the rest of the labels off, and only 2 or 3 even ripped. A quick scrub with a brush as I took the bottles out of the water got the glue off. Crazy. Wish I'd tried it before.

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Old 02-10-2012, 04:07 PM   #2
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It all depends on the label type. I'd say of all the commercial beer varieties I buy, all but one or two are removed by Oxy-Clean

So I it's not a 'myth'

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It's not a myth....It's just that some labels don't come off....But the vast majority of craft brew labels come off within 24 hours with a hot oxy soak....and any that don't, you pitch....

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^^^Agreed. When I drink commercial bought brew, there are some that the labels fall off in my hand with it just getting some condensation on it. There are others that are much more stubborn. I don't think a well known fact should be considered a "myth" just because it didn't work for you on 1 type of bottle. Though, more ideas with other products are always helpful....I just wouldn't knock something that works for a ton of people most of the time.

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^^^Agreed. When I drink commercial bought brew, there are some that the labels fall off in my hand with it just getting some condensation on it. There are others that are much more stubborn. I don't think a well known fact should be considered a "myth" just because it didn't work for you on 1 type of bottle. Though, more ideas with other products are always helpful....I just wouldn't knock something that works for a ton of people most of the time.
Fair, but it's been all types of bottles for me to this point. Even plastic coated sticker type labels came off for me with this approach, and didn't at all with the oxi clean.

Didn't mean this post to be a dig at the forum, just another approach for people to try.
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Old 02-10-2012, 04:18 PM   #6
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Never a prob with oxyclean ... 1.5 case overnight in my sink with warm water. All labels floating in the morning. But lately I've been adding the Guinness draft bottles to my collection, just slice the labels off. No glue.

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Oxyclean works well. And Revvy is right, it depends on the type of bottle/label. SN comes off really easily while DFH is a bit more tough. I don't use Oxyclean though since it leaves a nice film/residue in my bottles due to my water chemistry. Just a long soak in hotter than hell water and the scruby side of a kitchen sponge and their nice and label free.

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Not a myth. Hot water and Oxyclean is all I use to get labels off.

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Hot water and a tablespoon of ammonia works great also, it's also a lot cheaper.

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Fair, but it's been all types of bottles for me to this point. Even plastic coated sticker type labels came off for me with this approach, and didn't at all with the oxi clean.

Didn't mean this post to be a dig at the forum, just another approach for people to try.
I don't think we're really taking it as a dig, I agreed in my post that more options to get the job done is always a good thing. If it works, go for it man!
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