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Old 03-26-2012, 11:13 PM   #1
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Have a case of bottles with a very stubborn label, any good tricks to get these bottles cleaned off?

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Old 03-26-2012, 11:22 PM   #2
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Soak in hot water with baking soda. Great Lakes Brewing Co have the toughest labels and baking soda works. Use a lot though! I would say about half a box per 5 gallons of water depending on how many bottles you are cleaning. I have some bottles soaking right now. Sam Adams bottles clean well. Hope this helps.

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Old 03-26-2012, 11:24 PM   #3
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I have had great luck with hot water and oxyclean

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Old 03-26-2012, 11:25 PM   #4
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I put mine in the dishwasher, and run them through a cycle without using any detergent. Seems to make em fall right off.

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Old 03-26-2012, 11:36 PM   #5
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I've always just soaked them off, but someone recently mentioned to me that they use a vegetable peeler. I've never tried it myself, but it seemed like it might be a good idea when they mentioned it.

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Old 03-26-2012, 11:47 PM   #6
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Have a case of bottles with a very stubborn label, any good tricks to get these bottles cleaned off?
Green lid Oxyclean Free. Amazing stuff, part of my everyday brewery cleaning supplies. Fill a bucket with warm water and oxyclean, put in the bottles... next morning the labels and glue are gone! Great stuff to clean used bottles before sanitation as well.
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Old 03-27-2012, 01:19 AM   #7
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I've been soaking Sam Adams in hot water and Oxyclean, and the labels fall off in a few minutes, but I've heard that they are easy labels.
If you do the dishwasher method, take them out before the dry cycle starts, that will just rebake them back on.

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Old 03-27-2012, 02:08 AM   #8
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Have a case of bottles with a very stubborn label, any good tricks to get these bottles cleaned off?
I've had great success with Arm and Hammer washing (not baking) soda and hot water. just about label falls right off. The more stubborn ones come off with a razor scraper.
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Old 03-29-2012, 05:19 AM   #9
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Hot water and Five Star PBW does the trick for me. Maybe it's just me but it seems to work faster than Oxyclean. A little goes a long way too.

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Old 04-03-2012, 11:45 PM   #10
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The Oxy worked like a champ!

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