Originally Posted by petrolSpice
I just soak them in plain water over night and the labels are easy to peel off. It varies from beer to beer though. Tossing in some oxyclean makes them come off quite a bit easier.
Agreed. Never used the oxyclean on them, however I don't disagree on his point in using it.
I just fill my utility tub with hot water and then dunk all of the bottles in and let them soak while I'm doing something else (generally on brew day). Just make sure you get enough water in the bottles to keep them submerged.
It could be as little as 15 minutes, but usually I don't get back to it until 30 minutes to an hour and most of the labels are falling off by themselves. Then use a credit card or similar plastic scraper to get the labels off. If there is still some glue residue, I use a Scotch-Brite type pad to scrub it off.
If I still have stubborn labels, it's not worth my time and effort. I just chuck those in recycling.
No chemicals needed. Keep it simple.