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Old 10-24-2008, 12:40 AM   #1
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Fairly self-explanatory question. Is there any easy way to remove labels/glue from old bottles, or do you just leave 'em on there? It doesn't particularly matter to me one way or the other, but I don't want a friend reaching in the fridge for a Young's Double Chocolate, and getting an IPA, for example.


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Old 10-24-2008, 12:42 AM   #2
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put the bottles in a PBW, Oxyclean, etc, soak for up to a few days.


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Old 10-24-2008, 12:46 AM   #3
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Oxyclean in hot water for anywhere from a few hours to a week....
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Old 10-24-2008, 12:49 AM   #4
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I put 24 beer bottles in the bathtub yesterday with just hot water. I left them there until the water cooled. The labels came right off. Of course, this was all while SWMBO was away. Good way to teach your youngest boy to count to 24 though.
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Old 10-24-2008, 12:53 AM   #5
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I've found Oxy-clean in the sink with hot water for about 15 minutes. Some brands just slide off but for the others I have a sponge that has a "scratchy" side...... Even the toughest come right off....

 
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Old 10-24-2008, 01:12 AM   #6
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I got the tip from Revvy, I don't think I'll ever doubt him. Those things came off like they wanted to come off, completely clean. No glue residue either.

 
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Old 10-24-2008, 01:28 AM   #7
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I have a 4 gallon frosting bucket that I acquired from the bakery department of my local supermarket. I keep it in the garage next to the beer fridge with oxyclean in it. When i finish a commercial brew, I rinse the bottle, fill with water(to prevent it from floating) and drop it in. At the end of the week, I pull them out, slide the labels off and wash. Then I make a new batch of oxyclean.
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On the rare times there is any glue residue left after the label slips off, I keep one of these handy...It takes them off in one or two rubs.

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Old 10-24-2008, 04:25 AM   #10
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Oxyclean overnight. The labels fall right off.



 
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