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Old 05-03-2010, 05:11 AM   #1
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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?

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Old 05-03-2010, 05:14 AM   #2
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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

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Old 05-03-2010, 05:15 AM   #3
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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...

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Old 05-03-2010, 05:44 AM   #4
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Thanks...I'm new to this site...I didn't think to look in a different spot...sorry and thanks again!

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Old 05-03-2010, 05:58 AM   #5
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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.

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Old 05-03-2010, 09:35 AM   #6
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after a 15 minute soak in the sink.
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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.

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Old 05-03-2010, 11:26 AM   #8
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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.

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

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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.
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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.
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