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Old 09-14-2007, 02:23 PM   #11
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I just soak 1 bottle at a time in a pitcher of oxyclean....that way it's not a case or 2 to worry about.


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Old 09-14-2007, 02:36 PM   #12
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On my first bottling day I figured I'd just scrub the labels off 50 bottles and get everything done in a few hours. WRONG!

Now I mix a weak-ish few gallons of Oxy-Clean and let a dozen bottles soak for about a day. They're upright and filled with tap water, so I don't worry about rinsing. I'll have enough bottles for a batch done in no time with about 20 minutes of work each day.

Oxy-Clean does a great job with every 12-oz. label I've used, with the local Carolina Brewing Company being the easiest. They use less glue on their labels and they fall off in a few hours. For some reason though, every 22 I've de-labeled has been a huge hassle. They're all laminated, some better than others.


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Old 09-14-2007, 04:09 PM   #13
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I like to remove the labels for a few reasons - first, because it's my beer, not someone else's that is occupying the bottle, and I sometimes like to make my own labels. Second, because label glue tends to gum up my sanitizing solution after a bit. And lastly, I usually run my empty bottles through the dishwasher before putting them away for a lengthy period of time, and the labels make a mess of it (yes, yes, now argue away about Jet Dry and the fact that the dishwasher doesn't reach the inside of the bottles...I'm well aware...).

Try Guinness Draught bottles - the curvy ones with black labels. The plastic labels have no glue - just run a razor blade down the side and they practically fall off. A pair of pliers makes short work of removing the widget, and you have a nice looking bottle for re-use.
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Old 09-14-2007, 04:22 PM   #14
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I leave them on as well. I had heard that trying to get the labels off why soaking them could leach some of the label glue into the bottle, which would screw up bottling. I can't confirm it, only heard it.
I did this once right before bottling and I had to dump the whole batch. now I remove the labels with oxyclean and not on bottling day. I let the bottles soak in a bucket for about a half hour and the labels almost always just fall off.
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Old 09-14-2007, 04:25 PM   #15
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Try Guinness Draught bottles - the curvy ones with black labels. The plastic labels have no glue - just run a razor blade down the side and they practically fall off. A pair of pliers makes short work of removing the widget, and you have a nice looking bottle for re-use.

I'm a fan of the Guinness bottles, I don't buy them very often but a friend of mine supplies me with about a case per month.

I always remove labels because I soak all the bottles that I acquire from friends/neighbors yo clean them and the labels usually start falling off from that. I have a big cooler that I can soak about a case and a half at a time in. Leave 'em overnight, give a quick scrub with a green scrubby and the labels are gone
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Old 09-14-2007, 07:03 PM   #16
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So I can just leave the labels on, put the bottles in the dishwasher, and I will be fine - and no glue will get in my bottles?
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Old 09-14-2007, 07:05 PM   #17
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So I can just leave the labels on, put the bottles in the dishwasher, and I will be fine - and no glue will get in my bottles?
Clogging your diswasher with paper doesn't seem like a swell idea.
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Old 09-14-2007, 09:15 PM   #18
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I remove the labels and glue completely now. At first I really didnt care and had parts of lablels and glue all over the place.

I only have one friend that homebrews and aside from him a lot of people are skeptical of HB, so when I share one I want the first impression and presentation to be good.
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Old 09-16-2007, 03:25 AM   #19
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The problem I've got, is getting off the labels from Redstone Meadery bottles. Those things are persistant!! I've soaked the bottles in EVERYTHING I could think of, (don't forget, I work in the LHBS) and still have labels.

No, I'm not going to get rid of these beautiful 1L swing tops, just want the labels off. (These are the old-style EZ-Cap cobalt blue footed bottles, and I've got 21 of them.) Yes, I do use them to bottle Mead.

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Old 09-16-2007, 03:38 AM   #20
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... when I share one I want the first impression and presentation to be good.
That's the main issue. If you don't remove labels it just looks sloppy. I guess that's ok if it's beer you're keeping for personal consumption, but if others are drinking it too, it makes a poor first impression if you have crappy old labels on the bottle.


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