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Old 02-09-2013, 09:23 PM   #1
Feb 2013
Oil City, Pennsylvania
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IF I'm going to reuse bottles, is it absolutely necessary to remove the labels?
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Old 02-10-2013, 01:40 AM   #2
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Sep 2007
Brunswick, ME, USA
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It's not absolutely necessary. I have about a dozen bottles that still have labels on them. It can get confusing in the fridge or beer swaps, so I don't give away bottles with a brewery label on them.
How can I know what my favorite beer is if I haven't druck them all yet?

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Old 02-10-2013, 01:42 AM   #3
Mar 2012
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If you have trouble getting labels off, I've found that an overnight soak in PBW will often get the labels to fall off on their own.

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Old 02-10-2013, 01:45 AM   #4
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Dec 2012
Montgomeryville, PA
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I never bothered stripping labels, or even soaking them off (my old German pint bottles and old Russian River bottles are an exception). The important side is the inside. And thankfully they haven't figured out a way to label the inside of a bottle.
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Old 02-10-2013, 01:48 AM   #5
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It's really perception. You are going to get both sides of the argument here. Some do remove the label some don't. I think if you can't be bothered to remove the label then I question if the bottle is really clean on the inside.

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Old 02-12-2013, 03:37 AM   #6
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My bottles have labels on the outside

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