Originally Posted by IslandLizard
Why leave the labels on?
Labels can get dirty. Paper holds onto dirt. Dirt spreads when soaked, may get inside your bottles.
They only need 1 minute contact time in Starsan. Starsan is just a sanitizer, not a cleaner, so don't rely on Starsan to clean your bottles for you.
Some people spray Starsan inside the bottles or use a vinator. Personally, I submerge them, but a vinator should work just as well.
The vinator is awesome - you don't have to have it, but it makes life much easier. I have no idea what it's supposed to be used for if not star san!
+1 on the 1 minute - no reason for long term soak.
Don't dry the bottles - once they dry they are no longer resistant to infection.
Leaving the labels on is embarrassing at parties, but otherwise it doesn't matter. If you ever want them off, an oxyclean or ammonia soak will take them right off.