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Old 03-02-2010, 07:23 PM   #21
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I've found that that OxyFree works great for normal bottles / labels. However I'm trying to soak a bunch of 22oz bottles that have what appear to be plastic like stickers. Examples include Southern Tier bottles and Hop Stoopid. After 24 hours in a hot soak of OxyFree, they're a little easier to at least get the peel started, but they are by no means falling off. Any suggestions other than get my nubby fingers in there and get working?

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Old 03-02-2010, 11:06 PM   #22
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I have a team of 3 monkeys that take the labels off of my bottles for me.
Sweet were can i get some . you swipe them from great adventure
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Old 03-02-2010, 11:10 PM   #23
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I've found that that OxyFree works great for normal bottles / labels. However I'm trying to soak a bunch of 22oz bottles that have what appear to be plastic like stickers. Examples include Southern Tier bottles and Hop Stoopid. After 24 hours in a hot soak of OxyFree, they're a little easier to at least get the peel started, but they are by no means falling off. Any suggestions other than get my nubby fingers in there and get working?
i had a weyerbacher bottle there labels had like a plastic coating over it oxyclean got it loose enough to start and i peeled off the plastic layer. then just soaked the paper layer for another 30 min. Paper layer came off but then i had to use a razor blade to scrape remaining glue off they were a real pain but i got them clean in like a hr
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Old 03-03-2010, 04:10 AM   #24
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ditto on the oxyclean! changed my mind from buying bottles to keeping all my micro brew empties and reusing!

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Old 03-03-2010, 05:03 AM   #25
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SN labels are a pain in the butt. The labels slip off after soaking, but a ton of glue sticks to the bottle. I soaked in Oxyclean overnight and still had to scrub the SN bottles to get the residue off. Most other bottles don't need any scrubbing as the label and glue is gone by morning.

Too bad I like SN so much because cleaning their bottles is a chore.
Yes, thank you! I thought I was the only one who dislikes the glue residue from SN!

Hot, hot but not boiling water and any one of the percarbonate cleaners will do the trick! After I soak mine for about 2 hours I pull the label off then scrub with a 3M pad/scrub pad under the hot faucet and get all but the SN bottles perfectly cleaned on the outside!
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:16 PM   #26
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Soak in Ammonia and Water mix.

I usually use 1/2 gal of ammonia to 3 gal of very hot water in a 5 gallon bucket, hold the bottle under the solution with rubber gloves on, until they fill up and sink, let it soak for a few minutes and most fall or peel right off. Repeat process using the same bucket until all of your bottles are label free.

I've also filled a 30 gal trash can up with bottles, then added hot water and ammonia and removed the labels from a hundred+ at a time. Works like a charm.

I've also found that the stronger the solution the faster the laebls come off, tried a gal of ammonia and a gal of water, they game off as soon as the labels got wet.

Cheap too, ammonia is usually only a dollar or two for a gallon.
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:19 PM   #27
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Goose Island bottles are a sonofagun to get off, for some reason oxyclean doesn't touch their glue.

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Old 12-01-2012, 01:58 AM   #28
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For labels held on with polymerized whale snot or similarly impossible to remove glue, I try in this order:

  1. hot water
  2. with soap
  3. straight simple green
  4. cooking oil

Yep, salad oil. If stuff is not soluble in a water mixture, it may be soluble in oil. I end up with a tough plastic scrub pad and veggie oil, then wash off the residue with soap and water.

It recently worked with Rogue labels.
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Old 12-01-2012, 02:25 AM   #29
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i cant remember where i heard it but some one told me to soak them in TSP overnight. I haven't tried it yet. has anyone else used TSP?
I use TSP plus Oxy (1:3). Works great.
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Old 12-01-2012, 02:32 AM   #30
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I soak in hot water mixed with oxyclean. In about 20 min or so labels peel right off and 10 min more use a green scrubby and glue comes right off. Easy peazy.

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