Originally Posted by tuffstuff152
I just drank 2 cases worth of Point Special Lager for the returnable bottles. Im going to use the bottles to bottle my next batch. Im just wondering if anyone has any tricks to removing the labels and unerlying glue from the bottles?
Perhaps due to some bizarre circumstance in my water chemistry, I am unable to use oxyclean without getting a terribly gritty/sandy/powdery deposit stuck on my bottles.
So I use either water+bleach or water+ammonia and both work fine with an overnight soak. Gentle scrubbing with a green pad removes any glue residue.
I find that the metallic labels are the hardest to get off; I guess the metalized paper does not allow sufficient water through.
For singles I soak overnight in a countertop 2L bottle with the top cut off. For bunches I fill a bucket.