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Old 11-18-2010, 06:47 PM   #1
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I am brand new to the home brewing scene and have my first ever batch in the primary (American IPA). I have been saving my craft brew bottles for some time. What is the best solution to soak the bottles in to loosen the glue to remove labels. Most of my bottles are from Bell's and from what I hear, the labels are tough to get off. I still have a couple of weeks before bottling, but want to start preping bottles. Thanks in advance for your advice!

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Old 11-18-2010, 07:12 PM   #2
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oxyclean soak FTW

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Old 11-18-2010, 07:14 PM   #3
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Go to walmart or wherever and get you some oxyclean FREE, which is the unscented version. One spoon full of that in water will make the labels fall off on their own in about 2 hours time. Its also great for cleaning gunky fermenters. Be sure not to get the scented oxyclean though.
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Old 11-18-2010, 07:14 PM   #4
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I am a big fan of a solid scoop of oxyclean and water in some sort of tub/bucket and let them soak overnight. This is also good for cleaning the inside of the bottles if you didnt thoroughly rinse them out after use

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Old 11-18-2010, 08:11 PM   #5
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Also, check the Label Removal Thread Sticky at the top of this forum. I found a TON of great advice in there.
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Old 11-20-2010, 10:46 PM   #6
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++++++oxyclean and let them soak overnight, run them through sanitize cycle in the dishwasher, heat dry and bottle.....done.


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Old 11-20-2010, 10:52 PM   #7
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I've never tried oxyclean, but I've had success soaking them in very hot water with some TSP. The labels peel off. Then I use a scrubby to take the glue off.

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Old 11-20-2010, 10:54 PM   #8
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Any bottles whose labels won't come off with Oxyclean, toss 'em in the recycling because that's by far the easiest solution and if that don't work, there ain't much that will. There's a few bottles where pretty much nothing will remove the label, which to me sounds like a good excuse to just go buy another six pack.
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Old 11-22-2010, 04:12 PM   #9
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All of the above advice, and I would like to note that Guinness Draught, with the plastic labels, are some of the easiest labels to remove. I pull the widget out with needlenose pliers and slit the plastic label with a small, sharp knife top to bottom and it just about jumps off the bottle!

And they have a sexay shape too!

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Old 11-22-2010, 07:07 PM   #10
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This might sound crazy but...

I do the hot water/oxyclean soak which floats off 75% of the labels I encounter. But for that other stubborn 25%, I use 600 grit wet/dry sandpaper under water. Doesn't scratch the glass and shreds everything else.

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