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Old 07-25-2010, 01:34 PM   #11
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Thirds on what Challenger and XXGuy said - Dos Equis uses European-convention bottles - smaller opening. They are not the same size as American standard bottles, which can lead to difficulties capping. It can be managed but it's an extra bother that adds nothing to your beer or brewing experience. [Edit - with a bench capper, this is a non-issue.]

By the way, among my recipes is a Dos Equis clone made with ale yeast that came out very well and very close.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f59/dos-equis-clone-57169/

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Old 07-25-2010, 02:06 PM   #12
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I wonder if all the effort in removing labels could be better spent in just pasting the homebrew labels OVER the existing ones? Thoughts on this approach?

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Old 07-25-2010, 03:23 PM   #13
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I've had no problem with Dos Equis Amber bottles. Did a 24 hour soak in TSP and the labels came right off then a little scrub to get glue off. I don't have any issues with my caps holding carb either.

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Old 07-25-2010, 04:08 PM   #14
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try the dishwasher

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After soaking, grip the bottle with a Scotchbrite pad and turn it until your forearm starts to burn so bad you can't stand it. The label should start to give and eventualy come off. If that doesn't work, leave the labels on. The beer goes inside anyways.

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Thirds on what Challenger and XXGuy said - Dos Equis uses European-convention bottles - smaller opening. They are not the same size as American standard bottles, which can lead to difficulties capping. It can be managed but it's an extra bother that adds nothing to your beer or brewing experience. [Edit - with a bench capper, this is a non-issue.]

By the way, among my recipes is a Dos Equis clone made with ale yeast that came out very well and very close.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f59/dos-equis-clone-57169/
Thanks for the tips everyone.

I just let them soak longer an they came easier.

As far as capping issues- I did notice a little more difficulty capping these but the seal seems good -- no spinning or anything, seems tight. I'll have to see ina few weeks if they carbed properly. I only had a couple of these so it won't be a big loss if they don't work out.

Thanks for the recipe. I will def check that out
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And not to hijack the thread, but don't ever try to use Heineken bottles unless you have a bench capper. As XXguy mentions above, my wing capper couldn't get a good seal on the bottle. I found this out after I tore off their crazy plastic label and used lots of elbow grease and a SOS pad to get the glue from their label off.
I just took the labels off a heineken. Soaked in oxy overnight, the labels came off, but the glue remained on pretty good. I scrubbed them with a rough pad soaked in acetone and that pretty much took it all off. What was left I scraped off with a razor blade. The razor blade alone probably could have removed the glue, next time I'll reverse the procedure.
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