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Old 01-17-2007, 11:14 PM   #11
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Check out the Joy of Hombrewing...I've used ammonia in water (1/4 cup to 5G I think), soak bottles overnight, glue and labels (even Sammy labels) will come right off! If present, residual glue comes off with a sponge wipe (most of the time). Works like a charm.

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Old 01-18-2007, 01:11 PM   #12
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Sammy labels come off with warm water. It's those danged Amstel labels that have been giving me fits. That glue would hold the space shuttle together!

I use bleach in my kitchen, so I'd never use ammonia at all.

Bleach + Ammonia = Blarg, I am dead!

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Old 01-19-2007, 09:31 PM   #13
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Fill up a sink with warm water tonight, drop in one scoop of OxyClean...the labels will be floating on the surface by the next morning....I was sceptical of this until I tried it myself...it's amazing!
Will have to give this a try seems like a lot easier then shaving.
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Old 01-20-2007, 02:43 AM   #14
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Whats wrong with mixing a little bleach and ammonia?

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Old 01-20-2007, 03:25 PM   #15
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I should add that I often do both the dishwasher sanitzing & the oxyclean label removal in the same step. I simply add oxyclean to the dishwasher when runnning through it's sanitize cycle.

The labels fall off, and I have sanitized bottles, all in one step.

I do, of course, start with CLEAN bottles.

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Old 01-24-2007, 07:25 PM   #16
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OxyClean worked like a charm on my Sammy bottles... but it did jack-squat to the Amstel bottles.

Oh, well. Now I have an excuse to buy more SA!

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Old 01-24-2007, 07:47 PM   #17
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Old speckled Hen bottles have been my worst so far, the labels seem to be made out of plastic/foil which doesn't rip off like normal paper labels, even after a soak. And when I did manage to prise a corner away, the glue made sure I got no further. I just gave up and bottled anyway.

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Old 01-24-2007, 10:01 PM   #18
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Whats wrong with mixing a little bleach and ammonia?
I think it releases chlorine gas, which is toxic. It's been about 20 years since my last chemistry class so forgive me if I'm wrong. Regardless, mixing bleach and ammonia is supposed to be bad news.
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Old 01-24-2007, 11:19 PM   #19
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I had saved up some bottles and cleaned a bunch of them yesterday. Soaked them in hot water and one step for most of the day, then peeled the labels and took off any residue with a wire brush.

Sammy labels came off very easily. Had a sixer of Pete's Wicked and they were a BITCH!

Was I wrong to use a wire brush?

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Old 01-24-2007, 11:32 PM   #20
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Was I wrong to use a wire brush?
what ever works for ya man. Only bad thing I think a wire brush would do wouldbe to scratch up the outside and made them look a bit ugly
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