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Old 11-26-2007, 10:28 PM   #21
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I sometimes put about half of my batch in bottles without removing the labels--I just stick my own label on top or just use a sharpie on the cap. This is for personal consumption and for friends who come around a lot.

I'll bottle the other half of the batch in unlabeled bottles--sometimes new bottles that I buy from the brewshop, and make them all neat and presentable for guests, gifts, etc.

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Old 11-26-2007, 11:26 PM   #22
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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.
+1 on all of that! I take the time to remove the labels because I don't want soggy paper following them around everywhere and I prefer the clean look. I just soak 10 bottles or so in a kitchen sink full of hot soapy water. LEave them for an hour or two and most labels slip right off. The exception is foiled or metallic paper labels like on Tecate 32oz or Young's 22oz bottles. They take longer, but still come off easily when they're waterlogged.


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Old 11-26-2007, 11:57 PM   #23
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yeah, i'm soaking pacifico bottles right now that were given to me. The take lot of elbow grease to get the bottle nice and clean. Its work but you can't beat free. I don't even have to go around collecting them. Once friends heard i was brewing they started saving me bottles, I'll repay them with homebrew of course.
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Old 11-27-2007, 12:14 AM   #24
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I did 2 cases of bottles last night. I usually get about 15 or 16 into one of those big plastic containers with 6 or 7 gallons of hot water and half a scoop of Oxyclean. Let them sit for about an hour and then they fall off.
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Old 11-27-2007, 12:42 AM   #25
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I have spent many a happy hour standing at the sink scrubbing bottles.
They just look a lot better when they are nice and clean. Makes the beer taste better! You only have to do this the once. I have been making some big beers recently that are being cellared for 12 months which is forcing me to increase my bottle collection.
btw Getting 2 kegs next week!!! Got fridge already, cannot wait to keg.
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Old 11-27-2007, 12:45 AM   #26
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What about Heineken bottles, the newer ones with the stinkin' plastic label that won't soak off. Anyone have a decent way of removin' these things? A friend I recruited to save me bottles from a bar has been giving me a bunch of these, and I'm feeling like it'd be kind of bad to just toss 'em since my friend went to the all effort of saving them and delivering them to me. I know the green bottles aren't good for beer, but I figured if I could find a semi-easy way of getting the labels off I could use theses things for Apfelwein.
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Old 11-27-2007, 03:19 AM   #27
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The Heinies have a petroleum adhesive now, not the old gummed labels that many breweries still use. If it won't peel off cleanly, you're in for a lot of work and probably solvent usage to remove them....if you choose to remove them.
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Old 11-27-2007, 06:13 AM   #28
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I rinse my bottles after drinking the beer and set them aside until I have about 12 bottles. Fill the sink with hot water and a bit of Oxyclean and let them soak overnight. Usually the labels just fall right off and a little rubbing while rinsing them takes off the rest of the adhesive. If a label is stubborn I let it soak again with the next batch of bottles. I found that doing 12 at a time takes little time and makes the job seem smaller.

Also I make sure to rinse the bottles well after a long soak in oxyclean. If you read the instructions on the box it says to rinse with cool water which seems to work better.
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Old 11-27-2007, 02:37 PM   #29
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An overnight soak in just about anything and a scouring pad will make quick work of a batch of bottles.


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Old 11-27-2007, 02:54 PM   #30
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Removing labels from Bells bottles sucks!!! Especially that tricky label on the back of the bottle. Damn thing just doesnt want to come off!!!!!


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