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Old 02-01-2009, 03:59 PM   #21
Jul 2008
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I bought a grill cleaning brush at the dollar store and use it on any stubborn bottles. I never spend more than 30 seconds on a bottle.

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Old 02-02-2009, 11:56 PM   #22
Jan 2009
Bay City, MI, Michigan
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I to had a problem with Great Lakes Brewing bottles. I could get the lables off but it left like a rubber cement like glue that I gave up on.

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Old 02-03-2009, 12:21 AM   #23
Oct 2008
Lake Bluff, Illinois
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+1 bucknut

i used to soak cases upon cases of sierra nevada bottles to remove the labels

now i just throw them in a container of hot, soapy water and use a stiff, nylon-bristled brush that is shaped like a clothes iron

tears the labels and the adhesive off in seconds, just a little elbow grease, cut down my bottle cleaning time a hundred-fold

ps-saves a ton of water, too

Reason: saves a hell of a lot of water, too

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Old 02-03-2009, 12:51 AM   #24
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oxyclean by far.
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Old 02-03-2009, 02:01 AM   #25
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just tried oxyclean tonight for the first time and it worked awsome.

i've tried just hot water and soap and the dishwasher and sanitier, etc. oxyclean is the way to go by far.

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Old 03-10-2009, 03:36 AM   #26
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Hotwater, Oxyclean, and some sanitizer. Most labels will come off after an hour of soaking. I use a Rubbermaid tub and soak them over night. Most of the time, the labels slide off with almost no effort. Some of the more subborn labels have to be removed with an old Sams Club card. After that, I scrub them down with a green scrub pad. To please my OCD ways, I wash them in the dishwasher and sanitize them just before use.

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Old 03-10-2009, 04:03 AM   #27
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After every beer I pour, if its a new bottle, I rinse it and then I place it in a cup of hot water.

By the time I get up to get my next beer the label should be ready to come off of the one in the cup. I peel off the label, maybe scrub the excess glue off real quick, and replace it with the next empty and so on.

I often wonder, am I the only one who does it this way?

If im having a party or something then I soak them in oxy clean and water like everyone else...
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Old 03-10-2009, 04:09 AM   #28
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I soak in an ammonia and water solution, easy ones peel right off, tough ones take some persuasion with a razor blade, but even there it's a whole lot easier after the amonia.

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Old 03-10-2009, 01:09 PM   #29
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I take the really lazy route. I just leave them on and let them naturally come off through repeated use/rinsing/sanitizing.

I've got plenty of label-free bottles for those beers that I want/need to be label-free...but most still have the labels.
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Old 03-10-2009, 01:29 PM   #30
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Originally Posted by AirRageous View Post
Anyone have a better technique for these bottles?
Time. I just did some Negra Modelo bottles and in 12 hours, all I had to do was wipe off the glue under the foil. The labels floated off intact. They were really easy compared to some....
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