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Old 01-07-2011, 10:50 PM   #1
Dec 2010
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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What is the best way to clean and remove labels from bottles? I was thinking about just using liquid dish soap and a bottle brush and sanitizing before i bottle, but i am wondering if the liquid dish soap would leave residue on the bottle itself. Will something like oxyclean be better? Or is there something else that would work?
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Old 01-07-2011, 11:05 PM   #2
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Easiest and best way...soak them in hot water for at least an hour (I have soaked mine over night). After the soak, you should be able to peel the labels right off. If it leaves glue behind, you can use a sponge with a scrubbing side to scrub it off. If that doesn't work you can re-soak and try again or you can just use a razor blade to scrap it off.

Sam Adams bottles peeled right off and the glue came off with a quick scrub of the sponge. I had to use a razor blade to scrape the glue off the Magic Hat bottles and then use the sponge to get the rest off

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Old 01-07-2011, 11:08 PM   #3
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Soak in OxyClean over night. The labels will be laying in the bottom of the bucket.
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Old 01-07-2011, 11:11 PM   #4
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I haven't needed to clean bottles in a long time but Oxy or PBW always worked well for me. Truth be told just having them soak in virtually anything will do the job and then using a Scotch Brite pad will finish it.
I aways found it ironic that when I wanted to get the labels off it was more difficult than when I could care less. Putting some beers in a bucket of ice water to take to the beach always had the labels coming off without effort.


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Old 01-07-2011, 11:17 PM   #5
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+1 with the oxyclean. i used to let them sit overnight in a bucket and scrub a little. but now it takes 1 hour with a bucket of water and 3 scoops of oxy. i can do two batches if i keep the water in the bucket. haven't tried more but Oxyclean is THE best way i have found!!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-07-2011, 11:26 PM   #6
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+1 Oxyclean. Some labels will just fall off but some won't. One of my local craft breweries puts their labels on with some SUPER DOOPER cement.

Even after soaking you STILL have to scrape those damn labels off. They are nice labels but man what a PIA.

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Old 01-07-2011, 11:48 PM   #7
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After reading a bunch of post here. I agree wuth the Oxyclean. I put some bottles in the sink with Oxyclean. After about two hours most of the labels were off the bottles and only a few had to be pulled off and cleaned up.

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Old 01-08-2011, 12:17 AM   #8
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I have a nice course copper wire like scrub sponge that looks like a very coarse steel wool. Soak the bottles in hot water and dish soap. The labels do not stand a chance. Rinse the hell out of them. Starsan the crap out of them right before bottling

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Old 01-08-2011, 12:40 AM   #9
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as you can tell there is no easy way to do it. they are all tedious tasks, but save money in doing so. One thing I would like to add is that beers with little or no sediment are the easiest to clean. getting the labels off is a different story. that being said, lagers such as sam adams boston and yuengling carry no sediment at all, so the dishwasher is fine. beers like blue moon and hoegaarden are the absolute worst bottles to use. keep that in mind
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Old 01-08-2011, 12:54 AM   #10
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when you start drinking your beer make sure you rinse out the bottle right away. it'll save you work later on.
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