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Old 02-12-2008, 01:07 PM   #11
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Some bottles are just a b***h to get labels off of. Pete's Wicked Ale is the worst in my experience, and so I've given up trying (and buying their beer also) - the result is not worth the effort. Sam Adams bottles are famously easy to give up labels - a few minutes of hot tap water does it, so they are preferred by many (plus they fill them with a darn fine brew).


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Old 02-12-2008, 03:23 PM   #12
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+1 on the Oxiclean! It's not much more of a hassle as I need to clean the bottles anyways.


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Old 02-12-2008, 03:31 PM   #13
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Some bottles are just a b***h to get labels off of. Pete's Wicked Ale is the worst in my experience, and so I've given up trying (and buying their beer also) ....
Same with Widmer, PITA
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I'm another oxyclean user... 24 hours in initially hot water/with oxyclean has gotten the toughest ones loose...Honestly if I think to check on it, the majority are clean within 1 or 2 hours...
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Try this:
I use this to remove labels one at a time as I empty the bottles. Works great and doesn't use much solution.
Cool solution for individual bottles...

Though I rarely have just one to do, unless I want to save the label on something cool. Usually I wait til I have a dozen or so and do 'em all in a bucket.
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Old 02-12-2008, 06:50 PM   #16
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How much oxyclean do you guys use? I must not use enough because some labels just don't budge for me no matter how long they soak. I do start with hot water. Also, sometimes the bottles get tiny crystals on the glass which need a bottle brush to remove. anyone seen this action?
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I use a couple of scoops in 4 gallons of hot water...

The worst bottles I've ever dealt with were O'fallon Pumpkin Beer

They're double laminated labels. The top label took 24 hours, and the underlable took an additional 24...and had a little gook that had to be scrubbed off.

No crystals, but some white residue on the glass...but that comes off with a thorough rinsing.
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I used to use Javex and some hot water which worked well, until it somehow got onto a hamper of clean clothes and ruined them . Next time im just gonna use oxyclean
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Old 02-14-2008, 06:05 PM   #19
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I found that having the bottles soak in a cooler full of ice water for a few days makes the labels slip off before you even pick the bottles up!
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Old 02-15-2008, 04:49 PM   #20
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I fill the sink of with water and a bit of bleach. Submere the bottles and an hour of 2 later most labels are floating. Some brands of beer are a pain and i dont even bother trying - like alexander keiths - i think they use super glue!


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