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Old 01-30-2009, 11:43 PM   #11
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I am in the Oxyclean camp. Oxyclean + hot water + a couple hours (or even overnight if you have the time) and most labels are floating. Rinse the bottle and you are good to go. If the label it still stuck after that...into the recycle bin it goes.

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Old 01-31-2009, 01:32 AM   #12
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A good soak in LD Carlson's Easy Clean worked like magic for me. The labels and most of the adheasive just fell off. I tried Oxyclean using the same method but the results were not as good.

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Old 01-31-2009, 12:01 PM   #13
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I tried the Oxyclean, but it tends to leave a film on the glass even with multiple rinses. I had to go back and rewash the bottles. I just soak the bottles overnight with regular dishwashing soap. What doesn't come off with the soak, comes off easily with a scrubby. If there is a stubborn glue that is hard to get off, I then use GooGone - takes off any adhesive. I rarely have to resort to this though. It's a petroleum based product (like everything else in our modern world), so just make sure you wash the bottles after application.

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Old 01-31-2009, 04:37 PM   #14
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It is my understanding that you're supposed to avoid using regular dish soap with brewing supplies because it leaves a film that can wreck your beer. Is this not commensurate with your experience?

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Old 01-31-2009, 11:00 PM   #15
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I keep a strong solution of OxyClean in a big plastic storage tub at the bottom of the stairs; when I'm done with the bottle I just submerge it in there. I usually end up leaving them in the tub for a few days, but many labels fall off within a few hours. I also leave a scrubby sponge floating in the tub, to remove any excess gunk. very few labels stand up to this.
Be sure to rinse the bottles thouroughly when they're done soaking.

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Old 01-31-2009, 11:13 PM   #16
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Use your tongue...slowly lick each bottle until label falls off.

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Old 02-01-2009, 04:06 AM   #17
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I agree. Saranac bottles ars rugged! Sam Adama bottles rule. You notice not all of them have the logo in the glass? Must be bottling at different facilities.

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Old 02-01-2009, 04:22 AM   #18
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+1 on the oxiclean and hot water combo. Usually after 15 minutes most labels will peal off without a problem. The oxiclean film/residue is easy to avoid. I fill my sink with a solution of 3 capfulls distilled vinegar and approximately 3 gallons of water. Just dip the bottles through the vinegar water, rinse them with the jet washer and put them on the bottle tree. Acid (vinegar) + base (oxiclean) = neutralization and no film.

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Old 02-01-2009, 05:09 AM   #19
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Sam Adams, Great Lakes and Sierra Nevada are very easy to get off after a 30 minute soak in hot water. Widmer is a little tougher to remove. The top of the Negra Modelo is tough (but a cool little bottle).

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Sam Adams, Great Lakes and Sierra Nevada are very easy to get off after a 30 minute soak in hot water. Widmer is a little tougher to remove. The top of the Negra Modelo is tough (but a cool little bottle).
See, I find just the opposite for Greak Lakes. Every time I soak them (for at least an hour) the labels finally come off, but the glue is still left behind and looks like acolor negative image of the label . I've given up on their bottles.
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