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Old 08-27-2009, 02:21 AM   #1
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Call me lazy, call me impatient, both are slightly true! I have a $hit ton of empty bottles from vacation from the likes of Sam Adams, and Hoe. Most have their labels on them. Some fell off in the cooler. I have run into some notoriously difficult label glue during prior bottle cleaning sessions. I have come to ask myself this question: Do i really have to remove these damn labels? I got lazy last bottling and scratched the name off of them so I know ones I bottled at quick glance. Is there a scientific reason to remove them? I figure with enough use, they will eventually come off, but to spend minutes on each, does it matter?


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Old 08-27-2009, 02:30 AM   #2
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i suspect you already know the answer to your question.


obviously, the beer tastes better when the outside of the bottle is spotless.



 
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Old 08-27-2009, 02:36 AM   #3
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As long as they don't start to get dirty you won't have a problem with it, I wouldn't suggest sharing bottles with the old label though, I think it gives a bad impression.

 
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Old 08-27-2009, 02:36 AM   #4
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ha ha ha, boy does it. For me it is just kind of perfectionism that drives me to label strip. I just use one of those rubbermaid tubs filled with hot water and a liberal amount of oxyxlean and leave it overnight. the labels and glue on most bottles just melt off, the ones that don't take no more than 15 seconds to "scrub" or they just go in the recycling.
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Old 08-27-2009, 02:37 AM   #5
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Call me lazy, call me impatient, both are slightly true!
You are a candidate for kegging.

 
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Old 08-27-2009, 02:41 AM   #6
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ha ha ha, boy does it. For me it is just kind of perfectionism that drives me to label strip. I just use one of those rubbermaid tubs filled with hot water and a liberal amount of oxyxlean and leave it overnight. the labels and glue on most bottles just melt off, the ones that don't take no more than 15 seconds to "scrub" or they just go in the recycling.

This. I keep an old cooler full of oxyclean water in the back of the garage. Whenever I get bottles with labels on them, I just toss 'em in the oxyclean cooler, when it starts to get kinda full, I take all the bottles out and get 'em cleaned up for use.

*this is disgusting and everyone who comes to my house is grossed out, so you might want to just soak bottles when you have a full cooler and then dump out the oxyclean*

 
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Old 08-27-2009, 03:30 AM   #7
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I have some label-less bottles I use as "giveables," and some with labels that I drink. I certainly don't care if a bottle has the wrong label on it, but I wouldn't hand it out that way.
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Old 08-27-2009, 04:14 AM   #8
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Lol thanks for the expedient responses. I have some that are absolutely spotless( I also bought 2 cases of 22oz for the VIP handouts.) Harpoon brand has been very hard to get off, I used a putty knife and the best I could do was scratch the white gunk under the soaked off label. Some are sheer personal use, thats for sure. I'll try the Star san soak, and see if that helps. I have a little more time than I thought... My american brown is still at 1.020... My main wonder/concern was whether or not leaving labels on can screw up sanitizing... Like label and or glue gunk getting inside a bottle from soaking them in sanitizer. The answer is probably yes, but I figured I would feel out the experts!
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Old 08-27-2009, 04:26 AM   #9
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At first I didn't remove labels at all...then I got anal and removed every label on every bottle....realized what a pain that was and now I just soak them, and pull off the label. If there is residue, or a white patch I don't care. Sam Adams labels come off easy with a nights soak. I don't scrub anymore.
Labels are like a drunk woman's clothing, it will come off eventually given enough use

 
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Old 08-27-2009, 04:32 AM   #10
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Labels are like a drunk woman's clothing, it will come off eventually given enough use
FANTASTIC!!


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