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Old 12-18-2012, 10:25 PM   #11
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Everyone is wrong, wallpaper remover concentrate calles DIF from hardware store is best and harmless, its just an enzyme that literally EATS the glue.

 
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Old 12-19-2012, 01:20 PM   #12
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Everyone is wrong, wallpaper remover concentrate calles DIF from hardware store is best and harmless, its just an enzyme that literally EATS the glue.
Can't and won't argue that one, but hot tap water and a little elbow grease has got to be the the most economical IMO.

 
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Old 12-19-2012, 01:28 PM   #13
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if you going to use oxiclean, make sure you at least get oxiclean free. Doesn't have any of the perfumes or stuff in it.
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Old 12-20-2012, 03:18 AM   #14
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if you going to use oxiclean, make sure you at least get oxiclean free. Doesn't have any of the perfumes or stuff in it.
Indeed. And the large tube of OxyClean knock-off from target is "free" as well!
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:17 AM   #15
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What about the bottles with vinyl or whatever plastic (not paper) labels? There's a local brewery and I can get a lot, but I've had to peel the labels and scrub with goo-gone to get glue off. And then wash with soap to get the goo-gone off. Sucks.

 
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:31 AM   #16
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What about the bottles with vinyl or whatever plastic (not paper) labels? There's a local brewery and I can get a lot, but I've had to peel the labels and scrub with goo-gone to get glue off. And then wash with soap to get the goo-gone off. Sucks.
Try the bleach it's worth a shot.

 
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Old 12-20-2012, 02:34 PM   #17
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When I started building up a pipeline of about 400 bottles I did it the lazy man's way.

Filled a big cooler with hot oxyclean (scent free), dunked a case or so of returned Sam Adams bottles that I got from a beer distributor into the mix and closed it up for an overnight soak. Next day all there was to do was to gently rub off any remaining glue or stubborn labels with a plastic scrubby and rinse well..

All the gunk that was in the bottles rinsed or floated out and any that remained (visual inspection) got a brushing. If any bottle still had any question of gunk it went in the recycling bin. The bottles are dried, put aside covered and are ready for beer after a StarSan spray.

I now use my caps to identify my beers (no more labels) and rinse well after the pour. I put the rinsed bottles on a bottles tree and when it is getting about half way full I start my next batch.

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Old 12-21-2012, 03:00 AM   #18
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Correct, albeit very little from just residue. You would have to add 1 cup of 6% NaOCl bleach to properly mixed 5 gallons of Star-San to keep it safe. Any less than this cup (~235 ml), and the pH is still too low and releases chlorine gas. The residue is certainly not enough to raise the pH of your StarSan, and the hypochlorite would happily gas off as Cl2.

You could put on your nerd hat and figure out how to theoretically keep it safe. Or the better option, just don't ever mix Star-San and bleach.
But you don't actually need to put the bleach/OXY solution into the inside of the bottles if you're trying to remove labels.

An extra step maybe but you could fill the bottle with plain water before putting them into a tub that is then filled with enough bleach/OXY solution to cover the labels (and not get into the bottles)

 
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Old 12-30-2012, 01:41 AM   #19
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Im tellin ya, WALL PAPER STRIPPER.


Its awesome and wont poisen u to death!

 
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:19 AM   #20
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No.

Oxyclean and hot water won't poison you to death...
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