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Old 08-31-2009, 02:34 AM   #11
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+1 for oxyclean soak. Does everyone soak overnight? I haven't come across a label yet that won't float off the bottle in 2-3 hours.

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Old 08-31-2009, 03:06 AM   #12
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+1 for oxyclean soak. Does everyone soak overnight? I haven't come across a label yet that won't float off the bottle in 2-3 hours.
Overnight just because it usually works out that way. I load up my utility sink at night and finish up the next day after work. There have been times delabeling beer and wine bottles that I get to it after a hour or two and it still works just fine.
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Old 08-31-2009, 03:37 AM   #13
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I agree about the Sierra Nevada bottles, they can be a pain. The Samuel Adams are a piece of cake, but the easiest I have found have been Spaten. Most of the time, they come off as I lift the bottle out of the soak. I've even had them come off while they were in a cooler. I typically use some sort of sanitizer/cleanser, but I will have to look into the OxyClean.

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Old 08-31-2009, 08:43 PM   #14
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I find that I drink Sam Adams and Arcadia Ales fairly more often than other things because their labels are fairly easy to take off with a soap and a scrubby pad.

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Old 08-31-2009, 10:13 PM   #15
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Strange about the Sierra bottles-I did the oxyclean soak last week, and the Sierra bottles were the easiest to remove by far. The labels came right off (a lot of them had already fallen off when I pulled the bottle out), and the glue wiped away with just my thumb.

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Old 09-01-2009, 02:23 AM   #16
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Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale is the easiest label to remove. Just another reason to pick up a 6-er! Soak in hot water for 30 min. Use a dish scrubber/scraper to get paper off, then a non steel-wool scrub pad (scotch-brite i think?) to get glue and date bottled on labeling off. I can do 12 bottles in about 15 minutes after the initial 30 min soak.

Anybody know if the home brew labels you can purchase come off easy?

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Old 09-01-2009, 03:43 AM   #17
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Aren't almost all of Dogfish Head's labels the same?

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Old 09-01-2009, 04:16 AM   #18
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Okay, here's what I do. I fill several bottles full of water to weight them down and then put them in a stock pot. I can usually fit seven 22oz bottles in mine. Then I fill the stock pot full of water until all labels are covered plus one inch. I put the stock pot on the burner on low heat and let it set for an hour.

I pull the bottles out of the pot (careful, the will be hot) and let them cool down for a few minutes. Empty the water out of the bottles and fill your sink with some warm water and dish soap. At this point the whole label should peel off whole rather easily and all your left with is some of the glue on the bottle. Put it in the warm soapy water and rub the remaining glue with a brillo pad. Glue comes off easy as pie with little effort.

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Old 09-01-2009, 06:03 PM   #19
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Also I've found that a piece of steel wool is good for scrubbing off the excess adhesive after the bottles soak for a bit.

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Old 09-01-2009, 06:07 PM   #20
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+1 for oxyclean soak. Does everyone soak overnight? I haven't come across a label yet that won't float off the bottle in 2-3 hours.
+1 more here. I just leave them in overnight or for a day or two if I'm busy. Labels and glue fall right off, then just a quick rinse with sprayer on garden hose and they're good to go to sanitizing.
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