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Old 10-12-2013, 12:11 PM   #1
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So I just brewed my first 5 gal kit and have been buying 12 packs of various craft beers with brown bottles to use for my beer. Anybody have any good tips on how to get the labels and the sticky glue mess off the bottles? I was thinking about just letting them sit hot soapy water and scrubbing them off.any tips would be appreciated.

 
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Old 10-12-2013, 12:15 PM   #2
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oxiclean in warm water. give it a few hours and the labels and glue just wipe right off. no scrubbing necessary.

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Old 10-12-2013, 12:19 PM   #3
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oxiclean in warm water. give it a few hours and the labels and glue just wipe right off. no scrubbing necessary.
Agreed.
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Old 10-12-2013, 12:29 PM   #4
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For me, even with oxiclean, I run a sponge around the bottles to wipe off residual glue. There is zero force needed, just something to push the substance off. Don't use the sponge for your dishes later. I did and the warm water activated the glue left on the sponge and I had to really work to get it off of my stainless steel pots and pans. Also, be real sure to rinse well. I find oxiclean makes the bottles slick so they get a good rinse in warm water then a few pumps on the vinator with warm water. I may be overdoing it, of course.

Sierra Nevada, New Belgium, and Bass bottles have come off easiest thus far.
Lonerider Beer bottles are next to impossible and not worth my time as with Big Boss bottles. Their labels come off in about 24 hours leaving what appears to be an oil base glue residue that doesn't wipe off easily. Unless bottles are in short supply, I recycle them or use them for myself (opposed to giving them to neighbors) because I don't care about the labels.

 
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^ yes.

I let mine soak for 1 or 2 days in a large plastic tote. The labels float off. Give them a good scrub on the outside with a stiff hand brush to get the glue remnants off and a good scrub with a bottle brush on the inside. Rinse well. Then rinse again. Those jet sprays that screw onto your faucet are great.

Sanitize with Starsan right before you bottle.

Using Oxyclean here is really a waste. The oxygen component has little or no effect on getting the labels off. Washing soda (not baking soda), also sold as laundry booster, works just as well. I actually use powdered laundry detergent for the soak, cheap and cheerful. A large box of Surf lasts years, and gets used for other washing chores too.

 
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Old 10-12-2013, 04:04 PM   #6
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20 minutes in a hot water soak with a scrub pad works for me.

 
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Old 10-12-2013, 07:34 PM   #7
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Thanks for the info

 
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Old 10-12-2013, 09:03 PM   #8
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20 minutes in a hot water soak with a scrub pad works for me.
Yeah but then you have to actually SCRUB with that scrub pad. Sounds too much like work to me...

 
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Old 10-12-2013, 09:26 PM   #9
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oxiclean in warm water. give it a few hours and the labels and glue just wipe right off. no scrubbing necessary.
Only way to go right here.
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Old 10-13-2013, 03:13 PM   #10
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I use straight hot water an hour soak and all paper labels come off an for plastic labels I take them off soak in soapy hot water and wipe them all with a clothes to remove any little bits of glue

 
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