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Old 08-18-2014, 12:11 PM   #11
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Some labels (well, glues I guess) take an hour or two and just float off. Some will scrape off after an overnight soak.
SOME BREWERIES HATE US AND USE SUPERGLUE.

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Old 08-18-2014, 03:35 PM   #12
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So far, I have found 90%+ of the labels I've encountered come off easily with a 24-48 soak in tap water & dishsoap, the vast majority literally just fall off when removed from the water. The exceptions seem to be Ohio Brewing Co. bottles, and Duchutes bottles, both of which leave a SLIGHT glue residue. To remove this residue, the best/easiest thing I have found so far is a ChoreBoy copper scrub pad.

My process (so far, subject to refinement) is to put 12 bottles in a bucket or large pan, fill with hot tap water and dishsoap and cover. I then set the bucket in the dining room until my better half starts complaining about it being in the way (usually 24-48 hours), then I take the bottles to the sink and rinse them, easily removing any leftover glue residue from the mentioned bottles with the above mentioned ChoreBoy.

My method has worked to perfection so far (well over 100 bottles cleaned this way), but I may try an additive in the future if I encounter some really stubborn bottles.

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Old 08-18-2014, 03:52 PM   #13
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So far, I have found 90%+ of the labels I've encountered come off easily with a 24-48 soak in tap water & dishsoap, the vast majority literally just fall off when removed from the water. The exceptions seem to be Ohio Brewing Co. bottles, and Duchutes bottles, both of which leave a SLIGHT glue residue. To remove this residue, the best/easiest thing I have found so far is a ChoreBoy copper scrub pad.

My process (so far, subject to refinement) is to put 12 bottles in a bucket or large pan, fill with hot tap water and dishsoap and cover. I then set the bucket in the dining room until my better half starts complaining about it being in the way (usually 24-48 hours), then I take the bottles to the sink and rinse them, easily removing any leftover glue residue from the mentioned bottles with the above mentioned ChoreBoy.

My method has worked to perfection so far (well over 100 bottles cleaned this way), but I may try an additive in the future if I encounter some really stubborn bottles.

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I have found that Amstel Light bottles have labels that are super glued (must be cause those labels aren't going anywhere). And I'm not sure if you've heard of them but Back Forty Brewing Company labels are tough too. Just tried soaking some of their Truck Stop Honey Brown Ale bottles and they are tough! However, Sam Adams, Fat Tire, Abita, and there's another one but it's not coming to me for some reason, are awesome because those are some where literally the labels were floating just after a few hours.
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:53 PM   #14
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Some labels (well, glues I guess) take an hour or two and just float off. Some will scrape off after an overnight soak.
SOME BREWERIES HATE US AND USE SUPERGLUE.
Amstel Light must really hate us then!
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Old 08-20-2014, 10:45 PM   #15
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20 minutes if the water is hot, significantly more time if its cool. So the first couple batches go faster for me. Lately I've added phosphate free TSP to the mix in varying proportions, but not seen a huge difference. Here the tap water dictates that I also have to use an acid rinse of some form otherwise I have residue in my bottles. I normally just use a mix of water and distilled vinegar

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I will soak two cases in hot water and oxi for about 30 minutes. Then as I scrub the labels/glue off, not a lot of scrubbing needed, I hand them to the wife who dips them in clean water in the sink and sets them in the dishwasher. After finishing, run the dishwasher on sanitizing setting. Quick rinse in the sink with Star-san just before I hand the bottle to the wife to fill while I am capping the full ones.

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Old 08-20-2014, 11:29 PM   #17
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Why not just leave the label on?

Drink the brew, rinse out, sanitize and reuse as is. It's what's in the inside that counts.

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Old 08-21-2014, 06:19 AM   #18
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What do you do for foil labels I can pell them but the glue remains. I been using acetone to cut the glue.

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Old 08-21-2014, 06:28 AM   #19
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Hot water / bleach soak and a 180 grit sanding sponge. Just enough pressure to remove the residue without scratching the glass.

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Old 08-21-2014, 01:46 PM   #20
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When I delabeled bottles I just placed them in a tote bin filled with plain hot tap water. 2 days later the labels peel right off.

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