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deathtractor 05-03-2010 05:11 AM

Beer bottle label removal
 
I have been removing beer bottle labels with soapy water and copper pads. It takes some elbow greese but works for most bottle labels. Lately I have run into some labels that have been stuborn to remove( like railbender ale and rustbelt to name a few). What method do y'all use for your bottles?

rl1373 05-03-2010 05:14 AM

I usually soak mine in Oxyclean free(unscented/plain) for a few hours. Alot of labels usually fall off in the water. Some require peeling the label and resoaking the residual glue for a little bit and then hit it with brush. There's several threads on the topic in Labels/display

skidaddytn 05-03-2010 05:15 AM

soak them in a 10 gallon cooler with hot water and 2 scoops oxyclean for 3-4 hours and they will almost fall off on their own... there are tons of threads on this...

deathtractor 05-03-2010 05:44 AM

Thanks...I'm new to this site...I didn't think to look in a different spot...sorry and thanks again!

Ouroboros 05-03-2010 05:58 AM

Yeah, I'm in the process of stripping the labels for my first batch. I wash 'em out first, especially if they're the kind with yeast sediment, and I and soak them o/n in bucket full of bleach water (just b/c oxyclean isn't available where I live) and rinse in the morning. It's worked fine so far.

I still plan on sanitizing again before I bottle, though, since I used tap water to rinse and I'm very cautious (perhaps unnecessarily so) about introducing microbes. I'd defer to the wisdom of more experienced ppl than me on this one, though.

lpdb185 05-03-2010 09:35 AM

http://www.firesystemsusa.com/images...BER_sponge.jpg after a 15 minute soak in the sink.

Teromous 05-03-2010 09:56 AM

Dishwasher. You'll find most of the labels in the drain screen when the cycle is done. Some labels won't come off like the foil sticker ones and some really stubborn ones.

verotik 05-03-2010 11:26 AM

Just soak them in a sink with hot water for an hour or so, then take a scotchbrite pad or steel wool style dish scrubber to take the glue off. I never use oxyclean, plain water works fine for me.

Heineken 05-03-2010 11:44 AM

Oxi clean is the easiest and best way, just need to make sure you hold on tight as they are very slippery :-)

BrewSteve 05-03-2010 12:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by verotik (Post 2039396)
Just soak them in a sink with hot water for an hour or so, then take a scotchbrite pad or steel wool style dish scrubber to take the glue off. I never use oxyclean, plain water works fine for me.

x2

I just started getting into brewing and wine making and a soak in some warm water for a few hours and most labels pull right off leaving only a slight glue residue that easily comes off with a scrub brush.

The stubborn ones (foil labels, Sam Adams Variety Packs, etc) I scrape with a butter knife to get most of it off and then clean with the scrub brush.

Even the stubborn ones only take about 45 seconds.

Maybe I just haven't run into any REALLY stubborn ones yet. :confused:


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