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Old 12-18-2009, 02:52 PM   #1
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Default Sierra Nevada has the best bottles...

And the beer's pretty damned good too.

I have yet to switch to a kegging system (one of my goals in 2010), so I find myself scrubbing out bottles time and time again. Labels are a PITA to remove, but in the hundreds of labels I've had to peel and scrape off, I'll say my favorite are Sierra Nevada bottles.

Submerge them in a bath of hot water for only a few minutes, and the label peels right off. Then, a quick wipe with a sponge removes the rest of the glue. Bell's labels ain't so bad either.

Dark Horse bottles, on the other hand, are impossible to deal with, so they get thrown in the recycle bin.

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Old 12-18-2009, 02:54 PM   #2
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SA are my favorite as far as label removal. SN are my favorite to actually use. They're just cool with the stubbiness. I like Leffe bottles for mead. They're like mini wine bottles

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Old 12-18-2009, 09:51 PM   #3
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Personally... I'm partial to any Victory beer available... and NO label out there comes off easier. Falls off just like a SN, but without any follow-up wiping of residue. And the beer's miles ahead....

But... I did find myself collecting plenty of SN along the way. Just never actually used 'em, because I have this OCD problem that keeps me from bottling a batch without matching bottles... only recently got up to 50 shorties. Just in time for the new keezer. Maybe I'll put the wife's Raspberry Cider in them....

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Deschutes Brewery bottles are my favorite. And I prefer the beer over Sierra Nevada.

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Old 12-18-2009, 10:04 PM   #5
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Next week when my B-I-L comes back from San Diego, I'll find out what SNPA tastes like.
APA is one of my favorites, so it will be interesting to compare it to the original.

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Old 12-18-2009, 10:44 PM   #6
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I find myself scrubbing out bottles time and time again. Labels are a PITA to remove, but in the hundreds of labels I've had to peel and scrape off, I'll say my favorite are Sierra Nevada bottles.
Those bottles are my favorite too! But most labels come right off with a little bit of Oxyclean, as most HBT people have come to find out. I rarely have a problem with labels anymore and I have been delabeling all types of different bottles here recently.
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Top two bottles for me are Anderson Valley and Kona - although I do love the Sierra stubbies. When I convert my big ol' upright fridge into a kegerator, I'll switch to nothing but stubbies, since I'll only have the top two shelves left for storing bottles!

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Speaking of stubbies (not those stubbies) - I like the Duvel bottles. A pub gives me some of them, they are cool bottles.

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Next week when my B-I-L comes back from San Diego, I'll find out what SNPA tastes like.
APA is one of my favorites, so it will be interesting to compare it to the original.
This does not sound like you are sufficiently excited.
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I love Anchor Steam bottles, they are a beautiful shape and the labels come right off with just a bit of hot water soak. They leave even less glue behind than Sierra Nevada, which is a close second.

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