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Old 03-24-2010, 03:30 PM   #1
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Default I have no idea what you guys are smoking.

because everytime I've looked up anything about removing labels from bottles, it's as if it's pulling teeth.


I just soaked a bunch of bottles last night in some hot water, peeled the labels off and was able to get all the glue off with the scouring side of a regular kitchen sponge.

so why all the talk of "let them soak in oxiclean/star-san/etc etc etc for two or three days and the labels come right off"?

are we being lazy? or are the plastic labels harder to remove? (so far all the bottles I've used have been from microbreweries/people who use paper labels.)

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Old 03-24-2010, 03:32 PM   #2
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Some are harder to remove than others.

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Old 03-24-2010, 03:51 PM   #3
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Some are harder to remove than others.
+1. Also, scrubbing off a handful of labels isn't that much of a pain, but if you are doing numerous cases, you will appreciate something like PBW. A lot of times the labels will already be off in the soaking bucket (and no scrubbing is better than a little scrubbing), but again this depends on the label type.
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because everytime I've looked up anything about removing labels from bottles, it's as if it's pulling teeth.


I just soaked a bunch of bottles last night in some hot water, peeled the labels off and was able to get all the glue off with the scouring side of a regular kitchen sponge.

so why all the talk of "let them soak in oxiclean/star-san/etc etc etc for two or three days and the labels come right off"?

are we being lazy? or are the plastic labels harder to remove? (so far all the bottles I've used have been from microbreweries/people who use paper labels.)
I've had some labels that will just come off without even soaking and some that require a ton of scrubbing. Even paper labels doesn't mean they're going to be easy. Try removing a label from a Three Floyds bottle some time and get back to us.
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+! one to Jumbo. Hand scrub 150 or so bottles, you'll see why we're being "lazy". Work Smarter, not harder.
Plus Sam Adams label with come right off when wet, Great Lakes on the other hand, I throw them away.

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Flip, the question a bit.

Are you such a poor planner, that you can't let bottles soak for a day or 2?

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I drink a lot of different beers. I'll throw a few cases into the tub and some of the labels will be floating after an hour, but others still require some serious elbow grease (and scotch pads and fingernails) to get off even after an overnight soak. You just got lucky with the labels you had.

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+! one to Jumbo. Hand scrub 150 or so bottles, you'll see why we're being "lazy". Work Smarter, not harder.
Plus Sam Adams label with come right off when wet, Great Lakes on the other hand, I throw them away.
well I did about 50 or so bottles last night in an hour or so while SWMBO was watching american idol, I don't have a TON of space to use, or even extra buckets, but I did what I could with the kitchen sink.

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I drink a lot of different beers. I'll throw a few cases into the tub and some of the labels will be floating after an hour, but others still require some serious elbow grease (and scotch pads and fingernails) to get off even after an overnight soak. You just got lucky with the labels you had.
that's a good idea, and I hadn't thought of that. I was thinking to myself "how in the hell am I going to get 50 bottles to soak in star-san/whatever? I don't even have A bucket I can use. But I do have an extra bathroom with a tub. That's a bingo.
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You don't have to soak them all at one... I mean, you have about 4-6 weeks to do this once you conceive of brewing a beer.

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Great Lakes on the other hand, I throw them away.
Really? I always had a very easy time removing Great Lakes labels.
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