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avshockey311 08-30-2009 04:43 PM

Removing labels
 
I am just getting started in the hobby (PASSION). I was cleaning bottles last night to get ready to bottle my XPA. I thought to myself that there has to be a better way. Does anyone have an easy way of removing labels from once used bottles?

bmckee56 08-30-2009 04:46 PM

Soak them overnight in a sink or tub filled with hot water and Easy-Clean or B-Brite type cleaner/sanitizer. Still might require some elbow grease to get all the glue off, but they should be a whole lot easier to mange after soaking

Salute! :mug:

agroff383 08-30-2009 04:50 PM

You will quickly find that some labels are much easier to get off than others. Just let them soak overnight, some people use Oxy Clean, I have been using regular dish soap. Just do them in large batches if you have a sink big enough, or throw them in the bathtub :rockin:

Welcome to this great hobby you will be hooked, but not hooked on bottling LOL

iamopie2 08-30-2009 06:49 PM

+1 on the oxyclean. I have a rubbermaid container i got for cheap at wal mart and soak the bottles in that. Overnight they pretty much fall off themselves. Plus when im done i have a container to store my supplies in

pizzaman 08-30-2009 06:57 PM

Welcome to the forum!! ...the search button is your friend...

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f46/label-removal-thread-91726/
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/removing-commercial-beer-labels-57452/
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f46/label-removal-thread-91726/index3.html
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/removing-labels-beer-bottles-100783/
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f13/removing-labels-baking-soda-63663/
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(that last link is just for kicks:)

Nurmey 08-30-2009 07:47 PM

Welcome to HBT! What part of NE are in located?
I think the guys pretty much covered the answer; oxyclean Free soak and a good rinse. Works like a charm.

Just so you know, if you scroll to the very bottom of this page, there is a bunch of threads on the subject. It gets talked about a lot by folks that bottle. :D

Also, make sure you wash the bottles as soon as you empty them to get them ready for the next time. Oh yeah, one more tip. If you label on your bottle caps only (marker or sticker) it makes it a whole lot easier next time you use them.

Yooper 08-30-2009 07:57 PM

As someone else mentioned, you'll learn which labels come off easy, too, and so I tend to gather those up. The labels that are paper come off with a quick soak and a wipe with a scrubby. Sierra Nevada bottles have a plastic coating that makes them much harder to get off. Sam Adams bottles are fairly easy to get off.

fredGSX 08-30-2009 08:02 PM

+1 for OxiClean Free....
+1 for the seach function

I am new to the hobby also and I have a 30 gallon rubbermade container with about 20 gallons of water and 2 full scoops from the large tub of OxiClean free. I soaked them for 24 hours and the lables all were floating. I literally took the bottles to the sink, spun the bottle in my hand and the glue came right off, it is amazing stuff! I just put the lid on the container now and when I finish a beer it goes in the OxiClean bath, the once a week I will pull them out and sit them to dry.

chemman14 08-31-2009 01:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by YooperBrew (Post 1516265)
As someone else mentioned, you'll learn which labels come off easy, too, and so I tend to gather those up. The labels that are paper come off with a quick soak and a wipe with a scrubby. Sierra Nevada bottles have a plastic coating that makes them much harder to get off. Sam Adams bottles are fairly easy to get off.

i disagree about sierra nevada bottles
an overnight oxy soak got all of the labels off of my sierra nevada bottles

I <3 sierra nevada 24 oz bottles :D

SmOfathaigh 08-31-2009 01:59 AM

+1 oxyclean soak overnight in an available cooler. I buy sam bottles for this and even the glue dissolves in the soak.


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