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Old 01-19-2009, 12:50 AM   #21
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Up till now, a hot soap water overnight soak has done it form me, followed by a next day scrub. What works on Corona bottles? For now, I'm just leaving them as is...

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Old 01-19-2009, 05:03 AM   #22
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The 5 Star PBW (same company that makes Star San) works brilliantly, and cleans the hell outta the stainless steel sink. 95% of labels peel right off. 4% take a bit of scrubbing, and that last 1% I have no idea. Mostly it's that little sun label on the Mirassau wine bottles. Veggie oil works too.

I've gotten to the point that if the label doesn't just peel right off, then I don't futz with it.

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Old 01-19-2009, 01:00 PM   #23
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Has anyone had luck on removing the labels off the white labs vials? I soak bottles in Oxyclean and all of the labels fall off. But the white labs ones seem to be really stuck on there.

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Old 01-19-2009, 02:41 PM   #24
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Has anyone had luck on removing the labels off the white labs vials?
I pressurecooked a WL vial to see if it would melt (it didn't but the little flange below the cap deformed a bit) and when I opened it up the label had fallen off. The glue that holds the label on is still quite tacky. I don't really need the tube so I might toss it rather than trying to goo-gone the sticky off it.

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Old 02-28-2009, 03:14 PM   #25
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Have you tried oxyclean and hot water? Bottles come clean in anywhere between 1 and 48 hours depending on the toughest glue. The labels just float to the surface. Goo remnents rinse right off.
How much oxyclean per gallon of water or do you just follow the directions on the tub?
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Old 03-01-2009, 01:15 AM   #26
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It seems to me that American brewers use a much stronger adhesive than the Brits - I have have been buying bottles of London Pride/Fullers lately, and just soaking them in hot water for 24 hours - labels float right off.... Same goes for Chimay, Duvel, pretty much anything made outside of the U.S....

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Old 03-01-2009, 03:50 AM   #27
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How much oxyclean per gallon of water or do you just follow the directions on the tub?
I don't really measure...I use a couple large scoops in a huge tub of water...
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I don't really measure...I use a couple large scoops in a huge tub of water...
Im not gonna lie.... I use my MLT as a label removing vessle. I managed to put 50+ bottles in it, then 4 scoops of oxy clean, 4 days of patients, = simply rinsing off my nice clean bottles. SWMBO will not allow me to take sons "geo-track" rubbermaid tote, so I have to multi use the MTL.
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Has anyone had luck on removing the labels off the white labs vials? I soak bottles in Oxyclean and all of the labels fall off. But the white labs ones seem to be really stuck on there.
There's a waterproof coating on the label.
Water can get in at the edges though, then you can peel off the top layer and soak again to soften the paper.
The glue is totally waterproof, but no match for vegetable oil.
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Following a tip from my local brew shop guy I soaked a bunch of Long Hammer IPA and Sierra Nevada Torpedo bottles with a scoop of Tide dry laundry powder overnight. Long Hammers came right off as did the glue with a gentle wipe but the Sierras had a nasty glue on them. I tried the sanitize cycle on the dishwasher and still lots of glue. I had some low-odor mineral spirits from some painting I was doing and tried a damp paper towel and came right off.

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