Originally Posted by gandalfiii
How long do you let the bottles soak in the oxy clean? For the record, regarding safety, the bottles really don't get as hot as you might think. As long as you don't grab them by the very bottom they're fine.
Ah ok! I was more worried about steam burns! I was hoping your method would also sterilize them, but I don't think they get enough time in the heat.
I used oxy clean versatile free with the neon green lid. I mix it up and if it is warm, it will de-lable the bottles within minutes. I usually use mix a batch up in a big tub (the big rubbermade one I use to control ferment temps), let the bottles sit over night then finish them off the next day then repeat as much as needed with the same batch of oxyclean solution. I still like the sounds of your method for the trickier labels...especially the ones with the foil on the neck!
Either method should work and the upside to your method is that you do them all in one sitting, and the breweries with stronger glue would not pose as much of an issue. The upside to oxyclean is it simultaneously cleans gunk out of the inside of bottles (good if they come from someone else who doesn't rinse well). Thanks for sharing, I am going to give it a shot!