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Old 02-22-2012, 07:57 PM   #11
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I hate dos equis labels, on the bright side, Sam Adams bottles are crazy easy.
Man, what do you use? I have to keep them in hot, soapy water for forever and then they only partially come off. I have to use my steel wool scrubber to get the paper and glue completely off. Abita bottles on the other hand...those labels just float away.

To stay on topic, my most hated one was from the Ola Dub 16 I drank. The glue is still so sticky on that one that I can lay my palm on it and carry it around without closing my hand around the bottle.
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Old 02-22-2012, 08:04 PM   #12
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Abita bottles on the other hand...those labels just float away.
Sure, but Abita bottles suck. I've had a few break on me during capping because of the thin lip. I have some cleaned and de-labelled that I don't want if you want some free bottles.
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Old 02-22-2012, 11:07 PM   #13
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I've soaked my latest batch twice in hot oxy but the glue remains. I have to break out the 91% alcohol to get the gorilla snot off.

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I like em all.. It's REALLY hard to get that Corona label off....

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Old 02-23-2012, 12:27 AM   #15
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Sure, but Abita bottles suck. I've had a few break on me during capping because of the thin lip. I have some cleaned and de-labelled that I don't want if you want some free bottles.
yup, Founders beers use the same style, love the beer but they are the only bottles I've ever had break during capping.
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Old 02-23-2012, 12:35 AM   #16
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I keep a bucket full of water and one step next to my bar. After every beer, I fill it with hot water and drop it in the bucket. Every week or so I pull the bottles out, rip off the labels and give them their first wash/rinse in the dishwasher. Anyway, I have never had any luck with my method and Smuttynose bottles. I just don't understand why they need labels adhered to withstand a nuke! What a PITA!!

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Negro modelo with the foil. Crispin cider bombers (I am on my 5th multiday hot oxy soak and the stickiness is still there. Cigar City, same thing. Peel off the sticker label and the glue is still there.

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Oh, and early on I tried heineken when I was short on bottles. Sticker was a PITA to pull off, and that glue will outlast cockroaches.

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Oh, and early on I tried heineken when I was short on bottles. Sticker was a PITA to pull off, and that glue will outlast cockroaches.
Probably the same thing as the Southern Tier bombers like Pumking, Choklat, Gemini, Creme Brulee, etc. I've found the best solution is to peel the sticker and then go to town with Goo-Gone gel and a sponge with a little bit of roughness to it. Rinse very well with water afterwards.

I did it to Amstel Light bottles before, but the difference is that Pumking is just one giant sticker whereas Amstel Light had 4 separate stickers. So annoying.
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Shorts labels are welded on. I simply don't save them.

While picking up a shtton of bottles from around Founders after the CBS release, one of the workers mentioned that they switched to water-based adhesive to make them easier to remove and to be more enviro friendly.

If there is a very special bottle that I just HAVE to have, I will resort to Goo Gone if necessary.

In the case of painted-on labels, hydrochloric Acid solution or even a strong StarSan solution will very often remove the paint until only a mere hint remains if the sunlight catches it just so. I wonder if they use an acid paint to get it to stick to the glass so well.

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