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Old 10-07-2009, 04:25 PM   #1
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OK. My friends have asked me why I don't take the old labels off the bottles and put my own on. This seems like an easy question, but the answer is difficult. How in the heck do you get the old labels off?! Darn commercial brewers must be using guerrilla glue to stick them on! Tried soaking, but it just turns out messy.

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Old 10-07-2009, 04:29 PM   #2
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Here's the best trick ever: Buy some steel scrubbies, not steel wool but the thick kind of steel scrubbies. Wet the label, scrub it for a few seconds with the scrubbie, let sit for about thirty seconds and then hit it with the scrubbie again and the labels come right off no prob. Also, as you drink the beers, take the labels off. Don't just set them aside until you take the labels of 60 in one sitting. This also makes it easier.

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Old 10-07-2009, 04:31 PM   #3
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OXYCLEAN! All the way FTW!

Get a tub/box of the unscented stuff, put a few cups of it in a bathtub with HOT water, fill the bottles with water and let em soak for 24-48 hours. The labels will fall off! Well, except for a few brewers labels.

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I fill my sink with hot water and oxyclean. Fill it with bottles (let the bottles fill with water so they sink) and let them soak for 20-30 minutes. The labels and glue that don't fall off come off easily with a scotch-brite type pad.

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Old 10-07-2009, 04:46 PM   #5
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Here's the best trick ever: Buy some steel scrubbies, not steel wool but the thick kind of steel scrubbies. Wet the label, scrub it for a few seconds with the scrubbie, let sit for about thirty seconds and then hit it with the scrubbie again and the labels come right off no prob. Also, as you drink the beers, take the labels off. Don't just set them aside until you take the labels of 60 in one sitting. This also makes it easier.

SOS pads or whatever they are called, work wonders. I do some sanitization right off the bat too. If have people over or am drinking some beers I will either fill my sink or a five gallon pail with water mixed with a little bleach. I throw the bottles in after I drink them and clean them all at the end of the night.

Soaking the bottles really loosens the labels, peel off as much as you can and then get some very hot water running over the bottle to loosen the glue, keep the bottle wet and scrub with soapy steel pad like explained above.

I did over 150 bottles in the last two weeks this way. You get to drink beer and you get to keep the bottles!
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OXYCLEAN! All the way FTW!

Get a tub/box of the unscented stuff, put a few cups of it in a bathtub with HOT water, fill the bottles with water and let em soak for 24-48 hours. The labels will fall off! Well, except for a few brewers labels.
+1. Amazingly effective.
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I just soak the bottles in hot water for a few minutes, the labels then peel off fairly easily. I then use a steel wool type scrubber that is usually used for cleaning grills to remove the remaining glue and paper.

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Thanks guys! That's great stuff! I never would have thought of using Oxyclean.

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And after all of this work getting labels off is exactly the reason that I don't put my own labels on! I use standard mailing labels to make up labels for the caps, so I know whats in there and when it was bottled.

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How in the heck do you get the old labels off?! Darn commercial brewers must be using guerrilla glue to stick them on!
Drink European beers. They use a different type of glue and if you let it soak for even just a few minutes in water the labels come right off, no scrubbing at all. I just spin the bottle around in the water and it comes right off.

I save the lables for my brewing book. I keep all of the recepies/notes in a binder. The last couple pages have the labels glued to them with notes about the beer.
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