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Old 02-08-2013, 11:55 AM   #1
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I have a BUNCH of bottles with plastic labels on them. Whats a good way to get'em off?

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Old 02-08-2013, 12:23 PM   #2
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You might try a good soak in hot water and oxyclean...though I have found those plasticy labels to be a real pain in the ass. I usually just recycle those bottles now.


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You might try a good soak in hot water and oxyclean...though I have found those plasticy labels to be a real pain in the ass. I usually just recycle those bottles now.
Completely agree with the pain in ass. I had a bunch when I first started brewing and tried a bunch of different things and nothing worked. I tried boiling them, the dishwasher, five days in oxyclean and even took the labels off and let them sit in the oxy another couple days and the glue was strong as ever. I ended up hand scrapping off the glue on each bottle because it was the only thing I had and was bottling the next day but swore plastic labels off at that point. Save yourself the time and frustration, just recycle them.
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Thats a real bummer, because a local bar right down the street from me goes through them like water, and he's started keeping them for me! I stopped by on a Monday AM, and in a week and a half there were two cases of empties waiting for me...

Thats when they remembered to save them!
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There is always the option of leaving the labels on. Nothing says you have to remove them, yes it's nice to not be pour your beer labelled as something else, but free bottles are free bottles.
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Old 02-08-2013, 04:38 PM   #6
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I'd give the hot water and Oxyclean a try. Also hot water and TSP might be worth a try. While most plastic/vinyl ones are a pain, I've had some come off surprisingly easy (e.g. The Bruery). I think it really depends on the adhesive used.
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I have not tried it yet, but my local brewery, Rahr & Sons uses these plastic labels... Naturally I have a BUNCH of them as do lots of guys in my LHBC. One of our members SWEARS up and down that Star-San actually works better at getting them off than anything else he has tried. He said it worked VERY well. Go figure... Try it and let us know.
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Try a wallpaper remove tool, the kind that scores the wallpaper. Or maybe even score the plastic with a fork.

Alternatively can you put your own label over the plastic one?
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I have not tried it yet, but my local brewery, Rahr & Sons uses these plastic labels... Naturally I have a BUNCH of them as do lots of guys in my LHBC. One of our members SWEARS up and down that Star-San actually works better at getting them off than anything else he has tried. He said it worked VERY well. Go figure... Try it and let us know.
The Rahr and Sons are a pain compared to paper labels but they will come off pretty easy soaked in warm water and oxyclean overnight in a cooler
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I also noticed that if you peel the clear plastic coating off first, it will allow the warm water to soak better into the label substrate.


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