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Old 07-29-2011, 08:16 PM   #31
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When I had a mountain of bottles stashed all over the house,wife was gettin hacked. How many %^%@#$%$bottles do you@#$%%&@% really need? Ok,point taken. I guess I did have plenty. So I got out my homer cheapo bucket I used for fishing (soaked & scrubbed with PBW for 5 days!) & put in 12-13 bottles. Filled with PBW to about 2-3" over top of the bottles once they filled. Soak overnight,& most slid off by themselves. The rogue & Smithwick's were the most stubborn.
SN's come right off pretty easy. The Paulaner bottles were the quickest. I could do a bucket of those in an hour. All the glues used get mushy,if there's any left to start with. A dobie & a bottle brush make short work of them. Rinse in the sink,& place on a bottle tree to dry. Then store in closed boxes. Then toss in another round of bottles,& wait till the next day.
I now have enough bottles for 5 batches or so. I need to count them up some day.
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Old 07-30-2011, 11:39 AM   #32
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Haha..same thing my wife said. I'm up to about 30 12-packs and counting

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Old 07-30-2011, 02:34 PM   #33
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I've been using whatever boxes I could scrounge up to put them in. Trying to get some 12 pack boxes at least. Great Lakes & Leinenkugel have some nice,sturdy boxes with separators. 5 batches worth,maybe six. I like the Leinenkugel boxes,as they're twisties,& all I need at this point are good boxes...
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Old 07-30-2011, 02:45 PM   #34
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I use milk crates which stack and each can hold one case of beers, in half the footprint of traditional beer cases.



They stack as high as you need them to.

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Old 08-01-2011, 02:02 PM   #35
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Another alternative is a quick soak in warm water and ammonia. The labels and glue come off very quickly and easily.
+1. This is what I do. Works VERY WELL. 1 cup ammonia to 5 gallons h2o. Soak 24 hours.
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Old 08-01-2011, 02:12 PM   #36
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Wow super old thread. For those that suggested Oxyclean, that won't work on Dark Horse bottles.

I got a few bottles of Crooked Tree IPA and no matter how long they soak in oxyclean, it's still a b**** to get off. These labels are almost like a sticker with a strong adhesive as opposed to most labels being paper with a weak glue.

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Old 08-04-2011, 04:15 AM   #37
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Haha my mates and I used goo gone, sponges and a good amount of time

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Haha my mates and I used goo gone, sponges and a good amount of time
I ended up tossing the Crooked Tree IPA bottles. My buddy gave me about 30 bottles and only 4 were Crooked Tree.

I had an easier time with Amstel Light bottles.
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I just leave the labels on,my Friends think they are drinking a spotted cow

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Old 08-04-2011, 10:03 PM   #40
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I just leave the labels on,my Friends think they are drinking a spotted cow
Lol!

When I was still buying beer to accumulate bottles, I used ammonia and a little dishwashing liquid mixed in hot water for an overnight soak, and it was very reliable. Anything from Sammy, Wachusett, Mayflower, DFH or Sierra Nevada, no problem - the labels would be off the next morning without breaking a sweat.

But one weekend I was up near Franconia Notch working on our cabin and I bought a sixer of Mad River (Vermont brewery) IIPA (respectable brew, fwiw). When I later tried to get those labels off it was a freakin' nightmare!

I eventually discovered they were using a solvent based glue (irresponsible dumb@sses!) and at that point I wasn't about to go all Rambo on a sixer just for the bottles, so I chucked 'em into the recycling bin.

I also emailed them an exothermic missive taking them to task. Haven't bought another of their brews since, so I don't know if they're still doing stupid things...

Cheers!
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