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Old 11-02-2012, 12:15 PM   #1
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People will go to the trouble of brewing their own beer but are too lazy to remove the labels from the bottles. Discuss.

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Old 11-02-2012, 12:20 PM   #2
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I don't purposefully remove them but I've never had a label stay on through washing and sanitising.
Scientifically speaking, alcohol IS a solution.....

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Old 11-02-2012, 12:21 PM   #3
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While it does suck I remove mine and don't have to hard a time.

I've got a large wash bin sink in my basement workshop, for those without, use your bathtub.
I let at least 15+ bottle soak for a day or two.
Turn on some tunes.
Use a metal paint scraper that's 3 inches wide which removes the labels with ease.
Then go back with a green scrub pad and remove the remaining glue.
Rinse bottles again and I'm done.
Bottles get a good sanitizing before they get filled.

I prefer shorter bottles, New Castle are my favorite as you can see whats in them. Not to say i don't have brown short and long necks.
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Old 11-02-2012, 12:39 PM   #4
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Soak em in some oxiclean for a couple hours and they slide right off.

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Old 11-02-2012, 01:03 PM   #5
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When I had a ton of bottles to do,I soaked'em in a 5G bucket of PBW overnight. The paulaner bottles were the fastest. Came off in 1 hour. Sam Adams bottles are good too,as are michelobe's. They have that ring at the base of the neck like fused neck bottles.
I used a dobie & bottle brush to get'em clean inside & out. Rinse & onto the bottle tree to dry. I store'em in craft 12 pack boxes that have nice lids on them. Mostly lienenkugel boxes,as they also have seperators.
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Old 11-02-2012, 01:06 PM   #6
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You don't make a pizza, including the crust, from scratch and then serve it out of a 2 week old Dominos pizza box that is saturated with rancid grease or bake a cake from scratch and serve it out of a used cellophane-top box from the grocery store bakery. Why would you do the equivalent for your beer?

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Old 11-02-2012, 01:08 PM   #7
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Sometimes I leave them on to write dates/beer types over the label with a big sharpie but as of recently I've been removing the labels... and Ive been sleeping better at night so that's probably how its going to be from now on
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Old 11-02-2012, 01:11 PM   #8
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Because some people aren't as concerned with outward appearances. Especially when it comes to something only they will be enjoying. If the labels had any kind of effect on the beer inside it might be different. But they don't, so it doesn't matter as much. As with so many other things in this hobby, this is something that can really be left up to personal preference.

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Old 11-02-2012, 01:13 PM   #9
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Oxyclean, home brew, tunes and a big scrub brush! I try to pick specific brands that must use different glues so they come off easier. For 12 oz bottles, Saranac and Southern Tier seem to be the easiest in my area. DFH appears that it would be easy, but I struggled with the last ones I de-labeled.

For the most part I also try to re-use empties. If that doesn't work, I've tried the Tom Sawyer approach by bribing my friends to help. You usually only get them to do it once though...
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Old 11-02-2012, 01:16 PM   #10
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B Brite from Midwest is the bomb, soak them for 30 minutes and they fall off, no need for peeling........

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